TOKYO: On Wednesday, Torrential rains battered Japan’s Okinawa islands as a weekend, yet still dangerous typhoon, evacuating two dead and menacing widespread flooding as it led for the nation’s main islands.
On Wednesday, Typhoon Neoguri, a super typhoon as it bore down on Okinawa this week, had winds gusting up to 162 kilometers per hour (100 mph), but weather forecasters said the major worry was now raining, especially as characters of the westernmost main island of Kyushu have already been hit by heavy rainfall over the concluding week.
Rainfall in Okinawa as rivers in some areas overflowed – authorities warned of record. On Tuesday, more than 200,000 residents were told to pull off their homes, down from over 500,000.
Approximately 30 people were wounded, mainly from falls, but none of the injuries were serious.
Neoguri was moving north across the East China Sea at 20 as of 9 a.m. (0000 GMT), with sustained winds of 126 kilometers per hour. It was expected to draw near Kyushu on Thursday morning before moving east along the main island of Honshu.
Japan’s all 48 nuclear reactors are shut down three years later on the tragedy at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which was wracked by an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.
On Wednesday, Nansei Sekiyu KK, a Japanese refiner wholly owned by Brazil’s Petrobras, suspended operations at its 100,000 barrels-per-day Nishihara refinery in Okinawa on Monday eve and still had not resumed them.