Typhoon Maysk: Japan warns of ‘major disaster’ in Okinawa region

A powerful thunderstorm is moving toward Japan’s southern islands, triggering dangerous winds, as weather officials warn of a “major disaster” in the region.

The Meteorological Agency of Japan warned on Monday that Typhoon Meyusak could bring thunderstorms, accompanied by heavy rains, high waves and violent winds, which could possibly cause a “major disaster” in the Okinawa region.

The agency also called on residents to “evacuate fortified buildings before strong winds”.

Okinawa Governor Denny Tamaki said in a statement on Sunday that Mesak is likely to be closed on the island from late night with maximum winds of 252kmph (156.6 mph).

The Okinawa Times newspaper reported that a total of 180 flights from the Okinawa region were canceled and several schools and public offices were closed since Monday afternoon.

At 5 pm local time (08:00 GMT), the eye of the storm was about 190 km (118 mi) south of Naha, the capital of Okinawa, north-north with maximum winds of 35 km / h (21.7 mph). – travels to the west. The agency said speeds of 144 kmph (89.6 mph) and 216 km / h (134.2 mph)

The forecast warned of floods, mudslides and swollen rivers, as storms are expected to receive up to 80 millimeters (3.1 in) per hour of rain on parts of Okinawa Island.

The agency has forecast rains up to 400 millimeters (15.7 in) for Okinawa and 150 millimeters (5.9 in) for the Ammi Island region by late Tuesday evening.

In 2019, Japan was hit in six decades by the most powerful typhoon to hit the country, killing 36 people.

Typhoon Hagibis left the capital Tokyo relatively unpublished, but the surrounding areas suffered severe damage, as rivers broke their banks and torrential rains triggered landslides.