More of 180,000 people in a western town Japan They received a notice on Tuesday to look for shelter before the passage of tropical storm Lanwhich could cause floods and landslidesaccording to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).
The typhoon degraded into “severe tropical storm” when it made landfall around 05:00 on Tuesday (20:00 GMT on Monday) in the department of wakayamaabout 600 km west of tokyothe capital.
The storm hit the west of the island, where important cities such as Osaka, Kobe and Kyotoand headed north of the territory.
The city of Tottorion the Sea of Japan littoral, issued its highest evacuation alert to some 182,000 residents on Tuesday night, after the weather agency warned of “unprecedented” torrential rains in the region.
“There are lives in danger. Residents are in a situation where their personal safety must be guaranteed,” Satoshi Sugimoto, of the JMA.
The agency urged the population to take refuge in elevated areas, due to the risk of flooding.
Power could be restored to much of the affected area, but there were still 9,200 homes without poweraccording to local operator Kansai Electric Power.
The rains “already exceeded the average monthly rainfall for the month of August in some areas”, especially in the central and western regions, detailed the JMA on the X social network (formerly Twitter).
In Kyoto, a part of a pedestrian bridge that crossed a river was destroyed.
The circulation of high-speed trains between Nagoya (center) and Okayama (west) was interrupted, as was traffic on other railway lines.
The storm also impacted air traffic, with hundreds of canceled flights. About 650 people were forced to sleep at Kansai International Airport, located on an artificial island in Osaka Bay, after road access was cut off due to weather conditions, Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported.
(With information from AFP)
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