Typhoon Nanmadol: Severe power outages as storm heads for Tokyo


More than 300,000 homes in southwestern Japan were left without power after Typhoon Nanmadol made landfall on Sunday evening, prompting local authorities to issue a ‘special warning’ urging residents to take shelter from the mighty storm.

The storm is now moving north across Japan’s third-largest island, Kyushu, and is expected to bring heavy rain throughout the week, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said on Monday.

Nearly 10 million people in Kyushu were told to seek shelter in sturdy buildings or move to higher ground ahead of the storm’s arrival on Sunday. These notices are not mandatory and in the past authorities have struggled to encourage people to leave their homes. On Sunday, authorities in Kyushu took the unusual step of issuing a rarely used “special warning” in hopes of conveying the seriousness of the threat posed by the storm.

A “large-scale disaster” could also be imminent with major flooding and landslides, JMA warned. β€œThe highest level of vigilance is required for rising waters and flooding of rivers, landslides and flooding of lowlands,” he said on Sunday.

Several prefectures, including the cities of Fukuoka and Nagasaki, have been without power since the typhoon landed on Sunday, power company Kyushu Electric said. So far, at least 17 people have been injured by the typhoon, authorities added.

Nanmadol is the 14th typhoon Japan has experienced this year and comes after the country grappled with record heat waves in June, which caused a massive power outage to millions of residents of the capital Tokyo and a high number of heat strokes among vulnerable elderly people.

Nanmadol is expected to move through central Japan towards Tokyo over the next few days and will retain much of its strength as it moves, experts have warned.

Ferry and high-speed train services, as well as hundreds of flights across the country have been canceled due to dangerous weather conditions.

Wreckage of a collapsed building in Hualien, Taiwan.

After extreme weather events continue to impact other parts of the region.

Taiwan has seen a powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.9 Sunday that shook buildings, derailed train carriages and prompted tsunami warnings in southern Japan near Okinawa prefecture.

Residents were urged to remain vigilant to avoid possible aftershocks.