7 injured when Typhoon Chanthu crossed Japan, weakening


Typhoon Chanthu weakened to an extra-tropical cyclone on Saturday after traveling off the Pacific coast of central and eastern Japan and struck western regions, injuring at least seven people in strong winds.

The Japan Meteorological Agency forecasts heavy rains to continue through early Sunday in the Kanto-Koshin region, including Tokyo. The agency continues to warn of the dangers of landslides, floods and high waves.

Photo taken by a Kyodo News helicopter on Sept. 18, 2021 shows a roofless house and other features after it was blown away by gusts of wind in Mihama, Wakayama Prefecture. (Kyodo)

A woman walks in the rain and wind in front of JR Hakata Station in Fukuoka, southwestern Japan, on September 17, 2021. Typhoon Chanthu landed on the country’s southwestern main island, Kyushu, in the evening. (Kyodo) == Kyodo

In the 24 hours up to Sunday evening, up to 120 millimeters of rain are forecast in the Kanto-Koshin region, as warm and humid air flows through the influence of the extra-tropical low and the rain front, said the agency.

At 3 p.m. on Saturday, the typhoon turned into an extra-tropical cyclone off Shizuoka Prefecture in central Japan.

The typhoon hit land on the main southwestern island of Kyushu on Friday and moved east before hitting the Shikoku and Kinki regions.

In Mihama, Wakayama Prefecture, a strong gust, most likely a tornado, blew tiles off around 50 houses and shattered windows, injuring a teenage boy with broken glass, a local government said.

According to rescue workers, five people were injured in Kyushu by the stormy weather.

Train traffic was largely disrupted while many flights were canceled.

The Odakyu Electric Railway Co. temporarily suspended its romance car express service between Tokyo’s Shinjuku Station and the Hakone Thermal Spa in neighboring Kanagawa Prefecture.

Bullet train service on the Sanyo Shinkansen line resumed after the West Japan Railway Co. ceased operations between Fukuoka and Hiroshima and reduced the number of trains between Hiroshima and Osaka on Friday afternoon.

According to Kyushu Electric Power Co., more than 7,000 households in Kyushu were temporarily without electricity.

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