Typhoon Lingling moves on after battering Japanese island

World | 6 Sep 2019 11:02 am

Typhoon Lingling has pummeled Miyakojima Island in Japan's subtropical Okinawa prefecture. Miyakojima firefighting officials say five people sustained minor storm-related injuries as of 4:00 p.m. yesterday.

Japan's Meteorological Agency says Lingling was situated over waters 170 kilometers west-southwest of Okinawa's Kumejima Island as of 10:00 p.m. last night, NHK reports.

The agency says the typhoon is moving north at 15 kilometers per hour, packing sustained winds of 162 kilometers per hour near its center.

An airport on Miyakojima Island registered gusts of 220 kilometers per hour shortly after noon on Thursday. That's a record high for the observation point.

Violent winds may continue on Miyakojima and surrounding islands through the early hours of Friday and on Kumejima and nearby islands until around dawn.

Miyakojima City authorities are urging about 55,000 people from roughly 25,000 households to evacuate.

Waves are expected to tower up to 9 meters on Kumejima and up to 8 meters on Miyakojima and surrounding islands as well as Okinawa's main island.

Heavy rain of up to 50 millimeters per hour is forecast for Okinawa's main island, Kumejima, and nearby islands on Friday.

Weather officials are warning people in Lingling's path to stay vigilant for strong winds, storm surges, and mudslides.

Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Faxai is located over Pacific waters far southeast of Tokyo. It is expected to gain strengths as it moves northwest toward Japan's main island of Honshu.

Faxai may approach the Ogasawara Islands on Saturday and Pacific coastal areas of Honshu from Sunday to Monday.

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