Typhoon Noru claimes 2 lives, injures 47 as it carves path through Japan's main Honshu island

Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-08 09:18:40|Editor: Liangyu
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TOKYO, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Typhoon Noru tore a path through Japan's main island of Honshu, leaving havoc in its wake before moving in a northeasterly direction off the Sea of Japan coast on Tuesday morning, the weather agency here said.

The typhoon, traveling at a speed of 25 kilometers per hour, brought heavy rain to wide swathes of Japan's main Honshu island and has left two people dead and as many as 47 people injured, according to public broadcaster NHK.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), Typhoon Noru made landfall in Wakayama Prefecture on Monday afternoon and carved a path through the Kinki and Hokuriku regions before moving slowly out to sea.

The storm prompted evacuation orders or advisories affecting thousands of people and transportation networks nationwide have been severely disrupted.

As of 7:50 a.m. local time on Tuesday morning, the storm was estimated to be passing through Niigata Prefecture and moving north-northeast at a speed of 25 kilometers per hour, the weather agency said.

It had a central atmospheric pressure of 986 hectopascals and was packing winds of up to 108 kilometers per hour, the agency said.

The city of Maibara in Shiga Prefecture was inundated by torrential rain and had logged in excess of 300 millimeters of rain since Monday morning, when the downpours started.

Landslide and flood alerts are still in place by many municipalities in the affected regions and evacuation advisories remain in place for about 106,000 people spanning eight prefectures, local media reported Tuesday.

On Monday, Japan's fifth typhoon of the season caused 450 domestic flights to be grounded, with airlines canceling 26 flights as of Tuesday morning.

These flights include those scheduled to fly from Tokyo's Haneda airport to regions in central and western Japan.