'Raining like never before': Thousands flee as Typhoon Nanmadol slams Japanese coast

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This picture shows moored boats amid strong rain as Typhoon Nanmadol approaches Izumi, Kagoshima prefecture on September 18, 2022.

A massive typhoon roared across Japan’s southwestern region of Kyushu on Sunday, forcing tens of thousands of residents to flee and pounding some areas with unprecedented winds and waves.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said Typhoon Nanmadol issued a special typhoon warning for Kagoshima Prefecture, where the storm made landfall. The agency said it was “raining like never before” in neighboring Miyazaki, where some areas saw more than 15 inches of rain in the 24 hours through Sunday afternoon.

Power lines tumbled and hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses were dark as the storm slowly rolled northward over Kyushu.

“To protect your life and the lives of your loved ones, please follow the evacuation information already issued by your local municipality immediately,” the agency warned. “Ensure your own safety without waiting for the announcement of a special warning.”

First special typhoon warning

In Kagoshima, more than 12,000 people took shelter at evacuation centers. In neighboring Miyazaki prefecture, about 8,000 fled their homes. Wind speeds of almost 115 mph were reported in parts of Kagoshima.

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