Typhoon hits central Japan, leaving two dead

A typhoon hit central Japan this Saturday with torrential rains and strong winds, killing two people and leaving tens of thousands of homes without electricity, the news agency reported kyodo.

The city of Shizuokasouthwest of the capital Tokyo, was particularly hard hit, with a record 417mm of precipitation since the rain began on Thursday, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.

The winds in the center of the Typhoon Talas was blowing at about 65 kphwith maximum gusts of about 90 kph, he said.

A man in his 40s died in a landslide and a 29 year old man was found dead after his car sank into a reservoir, Kyodo reported.

Also power was cut to about 120 thousand homessupplier Chubu Electric Power Grid Co said, adding that a landslide had brought down two high-voltage pylons.

“We deeply apologize for the inconvenience caused by this power outage. The outage is prolonging due to landslides, among other factors, but we are doing do my best to fix it as quickly as possible“The company said on social media.

By Saturday afternoon, power had returned to most homes, though some 2,800 were still without power. Chubu Electric Power Grid estimated that the restoration of the towers would take a few months, according to Kyodo.

Central JR restarted some of its bullet train serviceswhich had been suspended since Friday night due to rain.

Although the JMA downgraded the typhoon to an extratropical cyclone on Saturday morning, it forecast more torrential rain in Shizuoka and urged caution for landslides and flooding.

The city of Yokohama, about 30 kilometers south of Tokyo, also issued an evacuation notice around noon on Saturday to about 3 thousand residents.

Typhoon Nanmadol, one of the biggest storms to hit Japan in years, killed at least two people and brought fierce winds and record rainfall to the west of the country on Monday.