Japan evacuates 570 thousand people as Typhoon Krosa draws near
Japan’s weather agency predicts that the typhoon will hit in the west on Thursday, brining heavy rain and severe gusts of wind with it.
A level-4 alert, which is the second highest, and evacuation advisories have been issued in some parts of Japan, after the the Japan Meteorological Agency said Typhoon Krosa will reach the country on Tuesday, Xinhua reports.
This alert level means residents need to evacuate as quickly as possible “due to severity of the storm and the likelihood of potentially fatal accompanying weather-related phenomena,” the agency writes.
The typhoon may cause flooding and landslides, affecting over 270,000 homes on the islands of Shikoku and Kyushu.
The country’s transportation systems also have been seriously affected, with some 673 domestic flights canceled due to the oncoming storm. West Japan Railway Co. suspended most of its Shinkansen trains.
Officials urge people to be extremely careful while the typhoon rages through the land.