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Super Typhoon Nanmadol bears down on Japan’s Kyushu island

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Super Typhoon Nanmadol bears down on Japan’s Kyushu island

DOWNPOUR. A man on a bicycle rides past in the heavy rain and wind caused by Super Typhoon Nanmadol in Miyazaki on Japan's southernmost main island of Kyushu, September 18, 2022.

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The super typhoon could bring record rainfall, the Japan Meteorological Agency says, warning of the risk of rivers overflowing and landslides

TOKYO, Japan – Super Typhoon Nanmadol bore down on Japan’s southernmost main island of Kyushu on Sunday, September 18, with the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) warning of gales and high waves “like never experienced before.”

The 14th tropical cyclone of the season, classified as a super typhoon by the US Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center, could bring record rainfall, the JMA said, warning of the risk of rivers overflowing and landslides.

Southern Kyushu could receive 500 millimeters (20 inches) of rain and wind gusts of up to 250 kilometers (155 miles) per hour on Sunday, while the central Tokai region could get 300 mm (12 inches) of rain, the agency forecast.

High winds caused damage including downing a bus stop in Miyazaki prefecture, southern Kyushu, according to footage carried by public broadcaster NHK.

Railway operators have canceled trains and convenience store chain Seven-Eleven Japan temporarily shut around 950 stores. Toyota Motor Corporation said it will idle production at three factories on Monday, September 19.

The storm is forecast to curve east and pass over Japan’s main island of Honshu before moving out to sea by Wednesday, September 21. Heavy rain lashed the capital Tokyo, with operation of the Tozai subway line suspended due to flooding. – Rappler.com

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