Typhoon Krosa nears JapanAugust 14 2019 by Andrew Tjaardstra
Powerful Typhoon Krosa is nearing Japan and is set to make landfall in the west of the country.
The market will be on high alert following a series of costly multi-billion dollar disasters in the country last year during typhoon season.
Japan’s Meteorological Agency said the season’s 10th typhoon was over the Pacific around 500km from Tanegashima island, Kagoshima Prefecture, at midday yesterday (August 13) and it is expected to travel through the western regions of Japan today (August 14 ) and tomorrow (August 15).
The agency warned of potential mudslides, floods and rising rivers in western and eastern areas, as Krosa is expected to bring torrential rains from later Tuesday.
In the 24-hour period through 6am, 300mm of rain is forecast in the Tokai region, and the Kinki region is expected to see about 200mm.
The approach of the typhoon will coincide with a rush of vacationers returning from summer holidays.
Disaster management minister Junzo Yamamoto ordered ministries and government agencies to work closely with local governments in preparation for heavy rain.
The typhoon has been packing winds of up to 162 km/hr.
West Japan Railwa said it may suspend shinkansen trains tomorrow (August 15), depending on the typhoon.
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