Over 50 injured as Typhoon “Tapah” moves through the Sea of Japan

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Typhoon "Tapah" left more than 50 people injured in Japan as it moved through the Sea of Japan on Monday, September 23, 2019.

The typhoon, which is the 17th to hit the nation this year, traversed over the sea through the morning of September 23. The victims were mostly in the regions of Okinawa and Kyushu, said the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

Storm-stricken residents also suffered power outages on the island of Kyushu.

According to Kyushu Electric Power Co., more than 30 000 households experienced blackouts.

Kyushu Railway Co. noted some traffic disruption. Around 412 domestic flights were also canceled as of 13:00 LT on September 22.

Japan's Meteorological Agency said the storm moved north-east at 30 km/h (18.6 mph) with maximum winds of 162 km/h (100.6 mph).

Meanwhile, humid air is occurring over western and eastern Japan which may possibly spawn heavy rains to some parts of the country.

Tropical Cyclone "Tapah" at 06:30 UTC on September 22, 2019. Credit: JMA/Himawari-8

The typhoon passed near Nagasaki in southern Japan on Sunday afternoon, September 22, affecting other regions in southern Japan including Okinawa.

Tapah made landfall in southwestern Japan on Sunday, September 22, with heavy rains and gusts up to 162 km/h (100 mph).

It follows on the trail of Typhoon "Faxai" which pummelled Tokyo in early September, leaving huge agricultural damage and up to 1 million homes without power.

Featured image credit: NASA Worldview

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