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Super typhoon continues to track toward southwest Japan

The death toll from Typhoon Hagibis rose to 48 on Monday as search-and-rescue teams continued to operate in areas hit by flooding and landslides in central and eastern Japan. Photo by the Kyodo. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

TOKYO, Sep 6, 2020, Kyodo. An extremely powerful typhoon continued on its path toward southwestern Japan on Sunday, with the weather agency still urging maximum caution despite saying the system has weakened slightly, Kyodo News reported.

Typhoon Haishen is approaching Okinawa and Amami-Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture and is expected to move north off the west coast of Kyushu’s main island from Sunday night through Monday morning, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, calling on the public to be vigilant for heavy rain, strong wind gusts, wild waves and tidal surges.

One person was injured in each of Okinawa and Kagoshima due to the typhoon, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

Evacuation orders and advisories have been issued for more than 200,000 people from over 100,000 households in Okinawa, Kagoshima, Kumamoto and Nagasaki prefectures, the agency said.

Kyushu Railway Co. said its bullet and local train services will be suspended on Monday, while West Japan Railway Co. has decided to cancel Sanyo Shinkansen bullet train services between Hiroshima and Hakata stations all day Monday.

As of 1 p.m. Sunday, the typhoon was moving north-northwest at a speed of about 30 km per hour some 170 km off Yakushima Island. It had an atmospheric pressure of 935 hectopascals at its center, packing winds of up to 234 km per hour.

Winds of up to 182.5 kilometers per hour were observed in the village of Minamidaito in Okinawa early Sunday morning, according to the meteorological agency.

Southern areas of Kyushu could see rainfall of up to 600 millimeters in the 24 hours to 6 a.m. Monday, the agency said. Amami, northern Kyushu and the Tokai central region on the Honshu main island could see up to 400 mm.

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