Typhoon Francisco Crosses Southwestern Japan


Tokyo, Aug. 6 (Jiji Press)--Typhoon Francisco crossed the Kyushu region in southwestern Japan on Tuesday, causing heavy rain and strong winds there.

The eighth typhoon this year made landfall around the city of Miyazaki in Kyushu at around 5 a.m. (8 p.m. Monday GMT). It then traveled northwest and reached the Tsushima Strait, which lies between Kyushu and the Korean Peninsula, in the afternoon, according to the website of the Japan Meteorological Agency.

A maximum instantaneous wind speed of 39.6 meters per second was recorded at around 4:30 a.m. at Miyazaki Airport. The city of Nobeoka in Miyazaki Prefecture had a rainfall of 95.5 millimeters in just one hour until around 9 a.m.

Landslide warnings and evacuation advisories were issued in some parts of Kyushu and the Shikoku western region.

Due to the typhoon, Japan Airlines <9201> and All Nippon Airways, a unit of ANA Holdings Inc. <9202>, canceled a total of 138 flights to and from Kyushu. Kyushu Railway Co. <9142>, or JR Kyushu, suspended or reduced train services on the Kagoshima and some other lines, while part of the Miyazaki Expressway was closed.

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