TOKYO (Reuters) – Storm Khanun was set to method Japan’s southernmost Okinawa islands once more earlier than altering north to hit the western fundamental islands subsequent week, dumping heavy rain over large areas because it meanders, the Meteorological Company (JMA) stated on Saturday.
Highlighting elevated irregular climate blamed on local weather change, temperatures hit 40 levels Celsius (104 F) within the metropolis of Date in Fukushima prefecture, the very best this yr in Japan.
Khanun, which has killed three individuals and injured greater than 70 in Okinawa prefecture, was about 100 km (60 miles) west of Kagoshima prefecture Tokuno Island at 5 p.m. (0800 GMT).
It has an atmospheric strain of 970 hectopascals at its centre, blowing winds of 30 metres per second (70 miles per hour), with most gust of 45 metres per second (100 mph), in accordance with the JMA.
Authorities remained on excessive alert for extra heavy rain, excessive water and storm surges within the wake of the storm over the weekend, as Okinawa has already soaked up a large quantity of water, with harm to buildings.
Rainfall of 200 to 300 mm (8-12 inches) was anticipated over the subsequent 18 hours within the Shikoku, Amami and southern Kyushu areas, whereas 50-100 millimetres was anticipated in Okinawa and 100-200 mm (4-8 inches) within the northern Kyushu and Kinki areas, the JMA stated.
Footage on public broadcaster NHK confirmed a dozens of automobiles submerged and homes flooded in Naha, Okinawa’s capital.
For the approaching 24 hours, rainfall of 200-300 mm was forecast for the Kyushu, Shikoku, Kinki and Tokai areas, whereas the Amami area was anticipated to get 100-200 mm.
(Reporting by Tetsushi Kajimoto; Modifying by William Mallard)