Powerful Typhoon "Malakas" hits Kyushu with record-breaking rain, heading toward Tokyo
Powerful Typhoon "Malakas" has made landfall over Kyushu, Japan on September 19, 2016, dumping record-breaking rain and causing widespread disruption. Heavy flooding was reported and dozens of flights were canceled. Around 7 000 homes have already suffered power loss. Floods and landslides remain the main threat as the typhoon tracks east toward Tokyo. Local authorities have issued evacuation advisories for more than 600 000 residents in six prefectures.
Malakas is the 16th typhoon of the 2016 Pacific typhoon season and the sixth to make landfall this year in Japan. This is the second-highest annual total since comparable data became available in 1951, tying highs set in 1990 and 1993.
Typhoon "Malakas" was a Category 3 hurricane equivalent on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale when it hit Kyushu around 15:00 UTC (shortly after midnight local time on September 20). According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), it was packing winds of up to 180 km/h (112 mph) with an atmospheric pressure of 970 hPa at its center when it hit the Osumi Peninsula in Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu.