Typhoon Namtheun makes landfall at Nagasaki, mudslides and flooding feared

Typhoon Namtheun made landfall early Monday at Nagasaki on the south island of Kyushu, Japan. Winds of at least 40 miles per hour have been recorded along with about two inches of rain per hour, authorities said. Photo by Pavalena/Shutterstock

NAGASAKI, Japan, Sept. 4 (UPI) — Typhoon Namtheun made landfall early Monday at Nagasaki in southwestern Japan bringing possible heavy flooding and landslides, authorities said.

Wind speeds of 40 miles per hour were recorded at Nagasaki airport after 1 a.m., officials at the Japan Meteorological Agency said. As the Namtheun seems be turning eastward about 9 miles per hour, heavy rain falls on northern Kyushu, dumping nearly two inches of rain per hour.

Authorities have said landslides are possible in Kumamoto Prefecture.

Through Monday, officials have forecast up to 7 inches of rain over the city of Osaka and another 5 inches over the city of Hiroshima.

At least 16 people have been killed after Typhoon Lionrock lashed Iwate Prefecture last week, with two more bodies found on Sunday. Six people are still missing. Officials have urged residents to stay at local evacuation centers as Namtheun promises more rain and possible mudslides.



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