Typhoon Nanmadol: 1 dead, 1 missing in Japan



A tropical storm battered southwestern Japan with rain and winds on Monday, killing one and missing another as it tracked north towards Tokyo.

Residential streets were inundated with muddy water from rivers and swaths of homes lost power after Typhoon Nanmadol made landfall in the Kyushu region on Sunday and then weakened into a tropical storm.

A man was found dead early Monday in his car which sank in water at a farm, said Yoshiharu Maeda, a municipal disaster official in Miyakonojo, Miyazaki Prefecture. Separately, one person was missing after a cottage was caught in a landslide, according to an official in Miyazaki Prefecture.

Nanmadol suffered winds blowing at 108 kilometers per hour and gusts up to 162 kilometers per hour, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Tens of thousands of people have spent the night in gymnasiums and other facilities during a precautionary evacuation of vulnerable homes.

More than 60 people were injured, including those who fell in the rain or were hit by shards of glass, according to Japanese media.

Torrential winds broke the signs. A construction crane broke and a window of a pachinko parlor was smashed in the city of Kagoshima in southwestern Japan.

High-speed trains and airlines have suspended service. Warnings have been issued about landslides and swelling rivers. Convenience store chains and delivery services have temporarily closed in southwestern Japan, while some highways have been closed and people have had trouble connecting to cellphones.

The storm is expected to continue dumping rain on its northeast track over Japan’s main island of Honshu before moving into Tokyo and then northeast Japan.


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