160 flights cancelled as powerful typhoon hits Japan

Japan, flights cancelled, Kyushu, typhoon

A number of train services were also suspended.

By Wam

Published: Tue 6 Aug 2019, 1:11 PM

Last updated: Tue 6 Aug 2019, 9:34 PM

Typhoon Francisco pounded the southern Japanese island of Kyushu on Tuesday, with devastating winds and torrential rains causing the cancellation of over 100 flights in the region, the Deutsche Presse-Agentur, DPA, has reported.
Forecasters warned of flooding, mudslides, strong winds and swollen rivers on Kyushu as the season's eighth typhoon made landfall near the city of Miyazaki around 5am (19:00 GMT Monday).

There were no immediate reports of injuries, while a number of train services were suspended on the island and around 160 flights were cancelled, broadcaster NHK reported.
According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the eye of the storm was over the city of Hitoyoshi at 7 am, travelling north-west at 25 kilometres per hour (kmph) with maximum sustained winds of 108 kmph and gusts of 144 kmph.
The agency has warned that the storm could generate waves up to nine metres high around southern Kyushu.
Rainfall of up to 300 millimetres is forecast for southern Kyushu and up to 250 millimetres for the south-western island of Shikoku by Wednesday morning.

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