TOKYO – Typhoon Noru has brought heavy rains and gusty winds to the southwestern Japanese island of Kyushu, killing at least two people in its wake.
This fifth typhoon of the season prompted the authorities to recommend the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people due to the high waves and the risk of landslides and floods.
The typhoon reached the southern tip of Kyushu at 1:00 pm local time (0300 GMT), according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).
It is advancing towards the northeast at a speed of about 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) per hour and will traverse part of Kyushu to reach the Shikoku region and south of the main island of Honshu of the Japanese archipelago on Monday, according to the JMA.
JMA has declared a weather alert in the prefectures of Kagoshima and Miyazaki where winds are expected to reach 126 km/h.
Several regional trains were canceled and the typhoon has caused roadblocks in the Kyushu region.
It has left about 15,000 households in the Kagoshima prefecture without electricity.
In July, Fukuoka and Oita prefectures in Kyushu were hit by heavy rains that caused floods and landslides, killing at least 36 people.
Typhoon Noru was categorized as a tropical depression on July 20 in the North Pacific Ocean, where it has been gaining strength and it became a “super typhoon” in late July, according to JMA.