Typhoon Lupit weakens to an extra-tropical cyclone over western Japan


Typhoon Lupit weakened to an extra-tropical cyclone on Monday morning when he crossed western Japan after his shore leave earlier in the day, the weather authority announced and warned of downpours and stormy winds in large areas.

It is forecast to reach the Sea of ​​Japan and bring heavy rains and strong winds to areas of western, eastern and northern Japan by Tuesday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The ninth typhoon of the year struck the southwestern Kyushu region on Sunday before striking land near Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, just after 5 a.m. on Monday.

A 46-year-old man in Masuda, Shimane Prefecture, went missing after plunging into the swollen Takatsu River at around 6:50 a.m. on Monday while attempting to bring a capsized boat closer to the bank, according to local police communicated.

The weather agency’s highest rain alarm was issued at one point on Monday morning for the city of Kitahiroshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, but there were no reports of injuries or house floods there as of 8:30 a.m., according to the local fire department.

Some transportation services have ceased operations, with the Sanyo Shinkansen line temporarily suspended between Shin-Onomichi and Higashihiroshima stations, according to West Japan Railway Co.

A bridge leading to Kansai Airport in Osaka Prefecture was closed to traffic around 7:40 a.m. due to the forecast of strong winds.

For the Tokai region in central Japan, up to 200 millimeters of precipitation is forecast in the 24 hours up to Tuesday noon, for large parts of the country, including the Kanto and Kinki regions around Tokyo and Osaka, between 100 mm and 180 mm.

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