Updated: 8/26/2018 6:10:57 AM
A powerful typhoon sliced across western Japan on Friday, dumping heavy rain before heading out to sea and turning towards the northern island of Hokkaido after reports that three students were swept out to sea.
There were scattered reports of damage and significant transportation delays but the region appeared to have escaped the devastation and mass casualties it experienced in floods in early July.
Updated: 8/25/2018 4:16:23 AM
Typhoon Cimaron passed through western Japan to the Sea of Japan early Friday, leaving at least 13 people injured and disrupting traffic before being downgraded to an extratropical cyclone off northeastern Japan in the afternoon.
Downpours caused power outages affecting about 138,000 households in central and western Japan and grounded 60 flights to and from Osaka and Aichi prefectures Friday morning.
The weather agency urged people to remain on alert as further rain, gusts and landslides are likely even in areas it has already passed and are also expected in northern Japan as the typhoon-turned low pressure system and an ensuing typhoon approach the area.
After making landfall on the main island of Shikoku on Thursday night, Cimaron caused the Kumano River to overflow in Wakayama Prefecture.
Updated: 8/24/2018 5:19:08 AM
The 20th typhoon of the season brought record downpours to western Japan, including Hyogo and Kyoto prefectures, late Thursday and early Friday before heading north over the Sea of Japan.
The Meteorological Agency warned of gusts, high waves and landslides as Typhoon Cimaron looked to turn into an extratropical cyclone Friday night as the storm was predicted to hit Hokkaido.
On Thursday night, the typhoon made landfall in southern Tokushima Prefecture and later spurred flooding in Wakayama Prefecture.
Published Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Typhoon Cimaron developed into a tropical storm over the weekend while forming to the east of the Mariana Islands
Accuweather predicts Typhoon Cimaron will reach southern Japan about Thursday this week. Kyushu, Shikoku and southern Honshu are at greatest risk.
Cimaron will bring damaging winds, storm surges and flooding rainfall.
Residents have been warned to obey any evacuation orders and to remain alert.
Bands of thunderstorms were spiraling into the center in Typhoon Cimaron when NASA's Aqua satellite passed overhead on Aug. 21.
Typhoon Cimaron Facts
Affected Area: 300 km.
Alert Level: Green
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