April 18, 2024
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By The Guardian

Flights are cancelled and flood and landslide alerts issued as a typhoon approaches the area to the south west of Tokyo.

After a slow moving typhoon hit western Japan on Tuesday morning, tens of thousands homes lost electricity. Flood and landslide alerts were issued.

Around 400km south of Tokyo and 250 miles from the Pacific Ocean, Typhoon Lan struck the southernmost tip of Wakayama Prefecture. The typhoon was travelling at 15km/h (9mph), north-west, across western Honshu with sustained winds of 150km/h.

The storm slammed central and western Japan, in the peak Obon season of Japan. It was closely followed by Typhoon Khanun.

The rivers were gushing and on the brink of burst. Water damage was caused to homes and shops. Strong winds have caused the collapse of scaffolding on a Nara City construction site.

According to the regional utilities, almost 90,000 homes in western and central Japan were without power. Seven & I reported that about 210 7-Eleven outlets had been closed.

The dangerous rain and winds caused dozens of trains to be suspended.

The Toyota Motor Company’s home in central Tokai is expecting 350mm (13.8inches) of rainfall over the next 24-hour period, almost three times more than the normal amount. Obon, the holiday when people return home to their ancestral houses, causes factories to shut down.

The Japanese weather agency says that the storm will arrive at sea early on Wednesday morning and then continue to move north.

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