Powerful typhoon makes landfall in Japan

Powerful typhoon makes landfall in Japan

Powerful typhoon makes landfall in Japan

M - Southwestern parts of Japan were bracing on Saturday for further heavy rain and high winds as Typhoon Talim moved closer to the country's main islands, having forced the evacuation of more than 200,000 people in China earlier this week, Reuters reported.

Typhoon Talim, with central atmospheric pressure at 975 hectopascals, had winds at a speed of 30 metres per second near its centre, with gusts reaching almost 45 meters per second, reports Xinhua news agency.

The meteorological agency said the typhoon was expected to head northwards, dumping heavy rain across a large area, including on Tokyo. The town of Kunitomi in Miyazaki Prefecture also saw record hourly rainfall of over 80 mm.

A powerful typhoon, the 18th of this season, made landfall in Japan's Kagoshima prefecture on Sunday, the weather agency said.

The typhoon had left around 1,400 households in Kumamoto, Miyazaki and Kagoshima prefectures without electricity as of noon, according to Kyushu Electric Power Co.

Evacuation orders were issued for residents in parts of Oita, including the cities of Saiki and Usuki, covering almost 60,000 people, according to the prefectural government.