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Typhoon hits Nagasaki, torrential rain expected across Japan

Typhoon Nanmadol made landfall near the city of Nagasaki at around 8 a.m. on July 4, and is expected to bring heavy rain across the country. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has warned of landslides, rising rivers, flooding, as well as tidal waves.

According to the JMA, extremely strong winds have been blowing over the sea off the coasts of northern and southern Kyushu. The maximum wind velocity in the city of Nagasaki was 41.6 meters per second (approximately 150 kilometers per hour).

Scaffolding blown down as a result of Typhoon Nanmadol is seen in Kumamoto's Chuo Ward, on July 4, 2017. (Mainichi)

The typhoon, this year's third, is expected to move east-northeastward from western Japan to eastern Japan, reaching the sea off the Kanto region on the morning of July 5. A rainy-season front is currently in the Tohoku region, and heavy rain and thunderstorms have hit Hokuriku and southern Kyushu.

Torrential rain is expected to fall between western Japan and the Tohoku region until the morning of July 5, with extremely fierce rain anticipated in western Japan toward the evening on July 4. In addition, there are landslide fears for parts of eastern Japan and Tohoku due to heavy rain.

In nine towns and cities across Niigata Prefecture, including the city of Kashiwazaki, there have been landslides and floods. According to the Niigata Prefectural Government, a total of 45 buildings had been flooded as of 9:30 a.m. on July 4. Some 96,411 homes in 14 towns and cities have also been told to evacuate.

A road by the side of an elementary school that has been blocked off due to a landslide is seen in the city of Kashiwazaki, Niigata Prefecture, on July 4, 2017. (Mainichi)

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