About two million people in southwestern Japan were ordered to evacuate their homes before the typhoon Nanmadol arrives in the region, according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK-World Japan.
The typhoon is expected to hit southern Kyushu, one of Japan’s southwest islands, on Sunday (18) – specifically in Kagoshima Prefecture, according to NHK.
“Weather authorities have issued an emergency alert for violent winds, high waves and a storm for Kagoshima Prefecture,” the broadcaster said.
Residents in 965,000 households were ordered to evacuate the coastal cities of Miyazaki, Kagoshima and Amakusa.
A level five alert, the highest on Japan’s disaster alert scale, was issued to more than 14,000 people in the city of Nishinoomote on the island of Kyushu.
“There is a possibility that there will be a record heavy rain, and an emergency alert for this could be announced,” the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.
“The highest level of vigilance is required for rising water levels and river flooding, landslide disasters and lowland flooding,” the statement added.
Ryuta Kurora, a JMA official, warned Saturday that strong winds could cause houses to collapse. Kurora urged residents to evacuate before the storm hits to avoid the risk of landslides and flooding.
Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways have already canceled at least 335 flights that were scheduled to depart or arrive at airports in Japan on Sunday, according to NHK.
“The eye of Typhoon Nanmadol is clearly visible in satellite images. The typhoon has developed rapidly since Friday night,” the Japanese broadcaster reported.
Source: CNN Brasil