Typhoon Tapah Brings Heavy Rain to Western Japan


Tokyo, Sept. 22 (Jiji Press)--Typhoon Tapah dumped heavy rain over the southwestern, western and central part of Japan Sunday as it traveled northeast off the northern coast of the Kyushu southwestern region.

Torrential rain of around 120 millimeters per hour was reported in the central prefecture of Mie and the western prefecture of Tokushima. Heavy rain that happens once in 50 years reportedly happened on the island of Tsushima in Nagasaki Prefecture, part of Kyushu.

Landslide warnings were issued to part of Mie, Tokushima and Nagasaki prefectures. In the city of Saga in Kyushu, a maximum instantaneous wind speed of 40.1 meters per second was recorded shortly past 9:55 p.m. (12:55 p.m. GMT).

Due to strong winds, some Shinkansen high-speed train services were suspended mainly in Kyushu. ANA Holdings Inc.'s <9202> All Nippon Airways canceled 166 domestic flights, while 130 domestic flights were canceled by Japan Airlines <9201>.

The 17th typhoon of the season is expected to move northeast off the Sea of Japan coast of the country's Chugoku western region early Monday morning and turn into an extratropical cyclone before reaching northern Japan in the night.

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