As another storm reached Tokyo ahead of the busiest summer travel season, Typhoon Khanun caused heavy rain in southern Japan and South Korea, disrupting flights and train services.
According to officials, Khanun might make landfall in Tongyeong, a port city in southeastern South Korea, on Thursday before moving up the Korean peninsula.
After wreaking damage in the southwest Okinawa region, the storm is now in the sea south of Kyushu, Japan’s southwestern main island, some 860 kilometers (530 miles) from Tokyo. It is still strong and travelling at an abnormally sluggish 10 km/h (6 mph), so the wind and rain will continue for a longer period of time.
On Wednesday, approximately 16,000 homes were left without electricity as torrential rain lashed Kyushu, an island in southern Japan. The region had already received a month’s worth of rain in the previous week, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).
Many areas of southern and western Japan received heavy rain and high wind warnings from the agency, which led Toyota and other automakers to halt some production.
The Kyushu ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki was postponed by Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.
A professional baseball game scheduled for Kyushu was canceled, and some bullet train services were suspended there by railway operator West Japan Railway Co. According to the interior ministry, Khanun triggered the cancellation of roughly 80 flights as well as the closure of numerous maritime and land routes, prompting South Korea to raise its highest warning.
The latest setback to the World Scout Jamboree occurred on Tuesday when South Korean officials ordered the evacuation of more than 30,000 scouts from their campground in the southwest due to the impending storm.
In particular in areas affected by the severe rains last month, President Yoon Suk Yeol has instructed officials to take measures to stop any further damage.
According to JMA, another storm named Lan had developed in the Pacific Ocean south of Japan and was expected to intensify as it moved north, perhaps impacting Tokyo early next week.
At the beginning of Obon, Japan’s busiest summer vacation period when many people travel to their ancestral homes from major cities, the two storms come.