Super typhoon Nanmadol batters southern Japan forcing thousands to flee their homes | World News

A powerful typhoon that made landfall in southern Japan has left the region battered by storms and torrential rain that has led to power outages, major traffic disruptions and the evacuation of thousands of people.

Weather forecasters have warned of “unprecedented” high winds and high waves, with the risk of river overflows and landslides.

Typhoon Nanmadol, listed as a super typhoon by the US Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center, is slowly moving north towards the country’s main southern island of Kyushu.

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said the area was facing 500mm (20in) showers and gusts of up to 155mph (250kph) on Sunday.

Nanmadol is then expected to turn east and arrive in Tokyo on Tuesday before moving out to sea.

In the affected areas, thousands of residents have taken shelter in evacuation centers.

Kyushu Electric Power Company said more than 93,000 homes across the island were without power on Sunday because of damaged power lines.

Hundreds of domestic flights in and out of the region have been canceled and many more are expected to land in western Japan through Tuesday.

Public transport, including rail and bus services, has also been suspended along with the famous bullet train.

Hundreds of stores had to close due to inclement weather.

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