Around 7,000 people living in Western Japan were advised by the authorities to evacuate from their homes as a typhoon is threatening to cause landslides and flooding in their area. Typhoon Toraji made landfall on the southern part of Kyushu early Wednesday and is now expected to move northeast.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said this is the first typhoon that has hit Kyushu in six years and is expected to bring 300mm of rainfall in 24 hours until 6:00 AM on Thursday. Some districts will experience periodic torrents of 80mm per hour and the northern part of Kyushu is expected to get 250mm of rain until early Thursday morning. A rain front brought heavy rainfall to several prefectures in western Japan and led to the evacuation of residents in Ehime, Tottori, Okayama and Shimane. A mudslide occurred in a carriageway of the Matsuyama Exoressway in Ehime, Shikoku Island as 100mm per hour were recorded that morning. They closed off the road between the Matsuyama and Ozu interchanges, but officials say there have been no accidents or injuries on that particular road so far.
Toraji is the 17th typhoon to hit Japan this year and is predicted to carry winds of up to 126 kph and waves as high as 6 meters in the South, and winds of up to 108 kph and waves of 5 meters in the north. The meteorological agency said that the continuous heavy rainfall might lead to floods and landslides and so the residents are strongly urged to evacuate for their own safety.
[ via Kyodo News ]