Two dead and nine missing after Typhoon Noru lashes Japan with mudslides and flooding to come

Sunday, August 6, 2017
By Paul Martin

Typhoon Noru is approaching Japan after already devastating southern islands
Two people are already confirmed dead with a further nine missing
Mainland residents are being warned to expect high winds, waves and floods

6 August 2017

Mainland Japan is bracing itself for Super Typhoon Noru which is fast approaching after already devastating the country’s southern islands.

Two people are already confirmed dead and a further nine are missing after the typhoon smashed Kyushu and surrounding areas.

Typhoon Noru registered as the world’s strongest storm at one point last week, is threatening up to 800mm of rainfall in the next 48 hours.

It has been a typhoon for 13 days, the longest hurricane-strength typhoon since Hurricane Ioke, the strongest storm ever recorded in the Central-Pacific.

The Amami island chain, located just south of the southwest main island of Kyushu and some 1,350 km (840 miles) from Tokyo, will be hit by high winds and heavy rains from Friday.

The monster storm is easily visible from the International Space Station, with stunning images showing Noru from 250km in the sky.

Noru, which is a Korean word for a type of deer, is then likely to turn north and drench Kyushu, although the northern parts of the island, which last month were hit with torrential rains and flooding that killed 36 and left four missing, are likely to be spared the worst, an agency spokesman said.

‘This is an extremely slow-moving storm,’ he added, noting this means there is a higher danger of floods due to extended heavy rains in one area.

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