Japan warns nearly 2M people to evacuate as strong storm approaches

(MENAFN) As typhoon Nanmadol neared the country, Japan issued an evacuation alert to roughly two million people, according to local media.

NHK, a Japanese public television station, reported on Saturday, “nearly two million people in southern Kyushu have been ordered to evacuate because a powerful typhoon, Nanmadol, is approaching the region.”

The Kyushu area in the south of the nation is anticipated to be struck by the typhoon, which the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has issued a level 5 warning about. According to the NHK, a level 5 notice is the highest on Japan's scale of catastrophe warnings.

Citing weather experts, the network stated, “a very strong typhoon could trigger the kind of disasters that is seen only once in a few decades.”

“Maximum winds of up to 180 kilometers (112 miles) per hour will lash northern and southern Kyushu, as well as the Amami Islands with peak gusts reaching 252 kilometers (156 miles) per hour through Sunday,” according to the authorities.



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