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Typhoon Haishen moving closer to Japan's mainland, evacuation warnings issued amid dangerous conditions - ABC News

The second powerful typhoon to hit Japan in a week unleashed fierce winds and rain on the country's southern islands, blowing off rooftops and leaving homes without power as it edged northward into an area vulnerable to flooding and mudslides.

Weather officials warned that rainfall from Typhoon Haishen, which could be a record storm, would be as fierce as being blasted with a bucket of water.

Warnings have been issued days in advance for people to be ready to take shelter and stock up on food and water.

Several rivers on the main south-western island of Kyushu were at risk of overflowing, officials said.

Public broadcaster NHK TV said evacuation warnings were issued for more than 50,000 people in Okinawa and Kyushu, including Kagoshima and Nagasaki districts.

News footage captured people in Kyushu starting to gather at gymnasiums before winds gathered momentum in the evening.

Social distancing will be in place to guard against the coronavirus pandemic, officials said.

Evacuation orders issued

Satellite picture of storm cell over the top of Japan
Typhoon Haishen is following a course similar to last week's Typhoon Maysak.(AP: NASA)

The Japan Meteorological Agency said Typhoon Haishen, which means "sea god" in Chinese, was packing sustained winds of up to 162 kilometres per hour after battering Okinawa and the southern Kyushu island of Amami Oshima.

Alerts for strong winds, waves, high tides, rainfall and lightning were issued for Amami Oshima alongside evacuation orders.

Haishen was not only powerful — equivalent to a category two hurricane — but also large in its reach, according to the agency.

Haishen's course is similar to Typhoon Maysak that lashed southern Japan last week, injuring dozens of people and cutting power to thousands of homes.

Rescue crews have suspended an operation to rescue a live export ship that went missing off the coast of Japan because of the typhoon.

The vessel was carrying 43 crew members — including two Australians — and 5,800 cows from New Zealand when it capsized off the coast of Japan.

Two people have been rescued and one body recovered.

Haishen's projected course has it hitting the Korean Peninsula later in the week.

AP

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