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More than 300,000 homes in southwestern Japan were out of power after Hurricane Nanmadol made landfall late Sunday, prompting local officials to issue a “special warning” urging residents to seek shelter from the powerful storm .

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The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said on Monday that the storm is now moving north on Japan’s third-largest island of Kyushu and heavy rain is expected throughout the week.

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About 10 million people in Kyushu were advised to take shelter in stronger buildings or move to higher ground before the storm hit Sunday. Such advice is not mandatory and authorities in the past have struggled to encourage people to leave their homes. On Sunday, Kyushu officials took the unusual step of issuing a rarely used “special warning” in the hopes of conveying the severity of the threat posed by the storm.

A “large-scale disaster” could also be imminent, with widespread flooding and landslides, the JMA warned. “Rising water levels and flooding of rivers, landslide disasters and flooding in low-lying areas require the highest level of vigilance,” it said on Sunday.

Kyushu Electric Power Company said several prefectures, including the cities of Fukuoka and Nagasaki, were without electricity since the typhoon hit Sunday. Officials said at least 17 people have been injured so far in the storm.

Nanmadol is the 14th typhoon that Japan has experienced this year and comes after the country suffered a record-setting heatwave in June, causing massive power outages to millions of residents in the capital Tokyo and a high number of heatstrokes among vulnerable elderly.

Experts have warned that Nanmadol is expected to travel to central Japan towards Tokyo in the coming days and will maintain its strength.

Hundreds of flights have been canceled as well as ferry and bullet train services across the country due to the dangerous weather.

More extreme weather events continue to affect other parts of the region.

Taiwan witnessed a powerful 6.9-magnitude earthquake on Sunday that shook buildings in southern Japan near Okinawa Prefecture, derailed train vehicles and issued a tsunami warning.

Residents were asked to remain alert to avoid possible aftershocks.


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