Tropical Storm Talim Batters Japan; 2 Killed, 3 Missing

September 18, 2017

At least two people are dead, three are missing and more than three dozen have been injured as Typhoon Talim, now a tropical storm, roared northward over Japan.

According to the Japan Times, an 86-year-old woman was found dead in her house in Kagawa Prefecture after it was crushed in a mudslide, while the body of a 60-year-old man was found in a sunken car in a river in Kochi.

Three men went missing in separate incidents across Kochi and Oita prefectures after going outside to check on a ship and rice fields, prompting police to launch searches, the Times reported. And about 1,200 people remained stranded in the Oita cities of Saiki and Tsukumi as flooding and mudslides cut off some roads.

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Nearly 60,000 were issued evacuation orders in parts of Oita and Miyazaki prefectures, the Japan Times reports, and in Kagoshima prefecture, 230,000 people were evacuated, EuroNews.com reported.

“The mountains seem about to collapse," a resident of Asakura told EuroNews. "I think it will be OK, but I am still scared."

Operators of bullet trains reported stoppages due to power outages and the heavy rain, Bloomberg said.

The storm caused flight cancellations Saturday after bringing high winds and significant rainfall to the country's southern islands. China Airlines, Tigerair Taiwan and EVA Airways have all canceled flights, Focus Taiwan reported.

Before hitting mainland Japan, Talim caused more than 18,000 homes in the city of Miyako, located about 1,000 miles southwest of Tokyo and home to 54,000 people, to lose power. The highest 24-hour rainfall total in more than 40 years was recorded there Wednesday.

Trees were uprooted and power lines knocked down on Miyako Island and its neighboring islands, the Ryukyu Shimpo newspaper reported to SBS.com.

The Miyako-Jima Island airport clocked a wind gust of 108 mph late Wednesday local time and picked up a 24-hour record rainfall of 18.86 inches, weather.com senior meteorologist Jon Erdman said. Over a two-day period, Miyako-Jima picked up 20.30 inches, also a record that dates back to 1977.

Talim pushed high surf toward the coast of China, where more than 200,000 people had been evacuated from the Chinese provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang of Wednesday.

According to UNTV, the storm had already raised the tide more than 30 feet in Yuhuan, in the Zhejiang province.

"We've evacuated all the people here, providing them with daily supplies," said Yongxing Community Committee of Sansha City deputy director Zhao Heng.


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