Tropical Storm Talim lands on western Japan


Japan’s Meteorological Agency says that as of 9 AM on Sunday the storm was moving east at a speed of 30 kilometers per hour in waters south of the city of Makurazaki in Kagoshima prefecture. It was packing winds of more than 100 kilometers per hour at its center.

Precaution is advised against heavy rain.

Rainfall at Miyazaki airport has exceeded 460 millimeters over 48 hours. That is more than 1.4 times the average for the entire month.

The typhoon will likely bring heavy rain to western to northern Japan through Monday. Hourly rainfall of more than 80 millimeters may hit some locations.

Rainfall for the 24-hour period through Monday morning is projected to be 350 millimeters in the northern Kyushu, Shikoku and Kinki regions, 250 millimeters in southern Kyushu, Chugoku and Tokai, and 200 millimeters in the Kanto-koshin region.

At 6:40 AM, a maximum instantaneous wind speed of about 107 kilometers per hour was recorded in Tanega-shima Island, off Kagoshima.

In the western region of Kyushu, Chugoku, Shikoku and Kinki, a top wind speed will likely reach 126 kilometers per hour.

Local authorities have issued an evacuation order or advisory to some parts of Miyazaki, Kumamoto, Kagoshima, Fukuoka, Oita and Kochi prefectures.

The storm is affecting transportation systems.

Local train services in Kyushu have been suspended. Shinkansen bullet train services have also been suspended in some sections in the region.

Airline companies have canceled more than 500 flights on Sunday, mainly from and to the Kyushu and Shikoku regions.

Tropical storm Talim has made landfall on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu. (NHK)

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