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Typhoon Nanmadol to make landfall in Japan with wind gusts of 168 mph (270 kph)

Hundreds of thousands have been urged to evacuate as Typhoon Nanmadol is expected to make landfall on Kyushu island on Sunday.

According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), at 5:00 p.m. EDT (2100 UTC) on September 16 Nanmadol’s maximum sustained winds reached 155 mph (249.5 km/h) with gusts up to 190 mph (306 km/h). That places it as a strong Category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. At that time, the Super Typhoon was located about 379 miles (610 km) east of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan and was traveling northwestward. Maximum significant wave height was estimated at 52 feet. MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC
According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), at 5:00 p.m. EDT (2100 UTC) on September 16 Nanmadol’s maximum sustained winds reached 155 mph (249.5 km/h) with gusts up to 190 mph (306 km/h). That places it as a strong Category 4 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. At that time, the Super Typhoon was located about 379 miles (610 km) east of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan and was traveling northwestward. Maximum significant wave height was estimated at 52 feet. MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC

Hundreds of thousands have been urged to evacuate as Typhoon Nanmadol is expected to make landfall on Kyushu island on Sunday.

A “special alert” is in force for Kyushu, the southernmost of the four islands that make up the main body of Japan, with warnings of landslides and flooding. Train services and flights have been canceled.

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center, a U.S. military command in Hawaii, also issued a storm advisory, designating Nanmadol a “super typhoon” this week.

NHK World, which compiles alerts issued by local authorities, said level four evacuation instructions – the second highest – were in place for people in Kagoshima, Kumamoto, and Miyazaki in the southern Kyushu region.

Additionally, according to The Guardian, Japan’s weather agency had issued its highest alert for the Kagoshima region. It is the first typhoon-linked special warning issued outside the Okinawa region since the current system began in 2013.

The BBC is reporting that on Saturday, the typhoon was near the remote Minami Daito island, 400km (250 miles) east of Okinawa island, and is expected to approach or make landfall on Sunday in the southern Kagoshima prefecture in Kyushu, then move north the next day – maintaining its strength – before heading towards the main Japanese island.

“There are risks of unprecedented storms, high waves, storm surges, and record rainfall,” said Ryuta Kurora, the head of the Japan Meteorological Agency’s forecast unit.

“Maximum caution is required,” he said, urging people to evacuate early. “It’s a very dangerous typhoon. The wind will be so fierce that some houses might collapse,” Kurora added, warning that flooding and landslides might also occur.

Let’s be sure everyone is on the same page when it comes to storm terminology. The terms typhoon, hurricane, and cyclone all refer to tropical cyclones; and the term that is applied to a given storm depends on where it originates.

Typhoons develop in the northwestern Pacific and usually affect Asia. Hurricanes form in the North Atlantic, the northeastern Pacific, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico.

In the Atlantic, major hurricanes are defined as tropical cyclones with maximum sustained winds of 111 m.p.h. or higher and are classed as either Category 3, 4, or 5 storms. But in the Asia Pacific region, there are variations in how individual countries grade typhoons.

And finally, in meteorology, a cyclone is a large air mass that rotates around a strong center of low atmospheric pressure, Cyclones rotate counterclockwise in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise in the Southern Hemisphere as viewed from above, according to the BBC.

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Karen Graham is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for environmental news. Karen's view of what is happening in our world is colored by her love of history and how the past influences events taking place today. Her belief in man's part in the care of the planet and our environment has led her to focus on the need for action in dealing with climate change. It was said by Geoffrey C. Ward, "Journalism is merely history's first draft." Everyone who writes about what is happening today is indeed, writing a small part of our history.

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