Typhoon Chaba approaches towards Japan


Storms and heavy rain warnings have been issued by the Japan Meteorological Agency on Wednesday  as powerful typhoon Chaba approached towards Japan, after it hit a South Korean resort island causing flight cancellations and flooding streets.

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The violent storm was moving north-northeast off the Tsushima islets chain near Japan`s southern Kyushu, packing gusts of up to 180 kilometres (110 miles) per hour, Japan`s weather agency said.

Typhoon Chaba has caused advisories for more than 30,000 people on the island of Tsushima in Nagasaki Prefecture to evacuate their homes as it sweeps through the area causing wave surges, powerful gusts and torrential rain.

The typhoon hit the South Korean resort island of Jeju early Wednesday, bringing heavy rains that flooded streets, forced flight cancellations and disrupted power to thousands of homes.

South Korea`s weather agency had issued typhoon alerts for Jeju as well as the mainland port of Busan — the country`s second-largest city.

Dozens of flights in and out of Jeju — a popular destination for Chinese tourists — were cancelled as Chaba barrelled over the island packing gusts of up to 200 kilometres an hour.

More than 25,000 houses on the island had their power supply disrupted, the Yonhap news agency reported, while Busan city announced the closure of 900 schools.

Local officials said that no one had been injured as a result of the typhoon, but the weather agency has warned of strong waves along the coast of the Sea of Japan, powerful gusts and torrential rainfall through Thursday in some coastal regions in western Japan.

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