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Nanmadol hits Kyushu as 4th strongest typhoon in the recorded history of Japan

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Typhoon “Nanmadol” made landfall in Kyushu, Japan on September 18, 2022, with maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h (110 mph) and a central pressure of 935 hPa, making it the 4th strongest typhoon on record to make landfall in Japan. Historical records there date back to 1951.

An estimated 9.5 million people have been advised to evacuate their homes ahead of the landfall.

Weather stations in Kyushu recorded more than 500 mm (19.69 inches) of rain in 24 hours on September 18; and about 1 000 mm (39.3 inches) from September 15 – 18 in Misato Town, Miyazaki – more than twice its average for the entire month of September.

Nanmadol caused widespread floods and landslides, in which 2 people lost their lives, 1 person went missing and more than 100 were injured.

More than 340 000 people were left without electricity.

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Typhoon “Nanmadol” at 07:00 UTC on September 18, 2022. Credit: JMA/Himawari-8, RAMMB/CIRA, The Watchers

After traveling along the Sea of Japan coast, the typhoon moved through the northeastern region of the country’s largest main island of Honshu early Tuesday, September 20, with the JMA warning of strong winds, high tides and potential landslides in areas already hit by heavy rain.1

Landslides and a fallen bridge were confirmed in mountainous regions of Miyazaki, while part of the Hikone Castle structures, designated an important cultural property, in Shiga Prefecture was found damaged, the Mainichi reports.

The typhoon wrought damage in Morotsuka, a village located in the mountainous regions of Miyazaki, which was similarly battered in a typhoon in September 2005 and had spent about 10 years to complete elevation work.

References:

1 Typhoon Nanmadol rips through Japan archipelago, leaves 2 dead – The Mainichi – September 20, 2022

Featured image: Typhoon “Nanmadol” at 07:00 UTC on September 18, 2022. Credit: JMA/Himawari-8, RAMMB/CIRA, The Watchers

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