Japan Experiences Massive Typhoon, Millions Warned To Evacuate

On Sunday, a massive typhoon struck the coastline of southern Japan, resulting in widespread power outages and prompting calls for approximately eight million people to evacuate.

The Japan Meteorological Society announced that the typhoon, Nanmadol, could cause up to 20 inches of rain by Monday with wind speeds reaching over 100 miles per hour as the massive storm hit the shore of Kagoshima City.

According to reporting from the Associated Press, over 12,000 people have already sought refuge in evacuation shelters.

Meanwhile, around eight million people in southern Japan are being warned to evacuate, along with warnings for people across the region to stay inside buildings on the second floor or higher if possible. The Japan Meteorological Society noted that “unprecedented” levels of powerful winds and waves were incoming, urging them to begin the evacuation process as early as possible.

The AP report also revealed that, because of the typhoon, 216,450 homes have been reported to be without electricity, according to Kyushu Electric Power Co. Nearby Kyushu Island has also halted the operation of all trains as a precaution, while hundreds of domestic flights in Japan have been cancelled.

As wind speeds reached up to 168 miles per hour on Saturday, Japan’s national broadcaster, NHK, issued a rare special warning about the typhoon.

Ryuta Kurora, the head of the Japan Meteorological Agency’s forecast unit, stated: “There are risks of unprecedented storms, high waves, storm surges, and record rainfall.”

“The wind will be so fierce that some houses might collapse,” Kurora continued, warning that flooding and landslides may also occur. “Maximum caution is required. It’s a very dangerous typhoon.”

Analysis of the typhoon indicates that the storm is expected to turn east, passing over Japan’s main island of Honshu, and move out to sea by Wednesday.

Nanmadol marks the 14th typhoon of the season already, and is the strongest one so far in Japan.

American astronaut Bob “Farmer” Hines shared photos of the typhoon from space in a post on Twitter, while also expressing his sympathy for those effected by the storm.

“It’s incredible how something that seems so beautiful from space can be so terrible on Earth…Praying for the safety of those in the path of Typhoon Nanmadol,” he tweeted.