Japan and Australia Brace for Major Flooding, Storms Hit the Americas | News | DW
The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said it was considering issuing a “special warning” as it expected a typhoon to make landfall in the southern island of Kyushu on Sunday.
JMA chief Ryuta Kurora urged residents to evacuate before the storm approaches Kyushu’s southern Kagoshima prefecture.
“There are risks of unprecedented storms, high waves, storm surges and record rainfall,” Kurora told reporters on Saturday.
The JMA said Kyushu could see 500 millimeters (19.7 inches) of rain and the central Tokai region could receive 300 millimeters on Sunday.
“The utmost caution is required,” he said. “It’s a very dangerous typhoon.”
“The wind will be so strong that some houses may collapse,” Kurora warned.
According to the JMA, Typhoon Nanmadol was carrying gusts of up to 270 kilometers per hour (167 miles per hour) near the remote island of Minami Daito.
The storm is expected to pass over Tokyo on Tuesday.
Although Japan is usually hit by several storms during its typhoon season, scientists say climate change has increased the intensity of these weather events.
Australia is also bracing for ‘major flooding’
Australian meteorological authorities also warned on Saturday of “major flooding” in New South Wales, the country’s most populous state.
The national meteorological office has also predicted unusually heavy rain across Australia in the coming months as a La Nina event – the atmospheric circulation across the tropical Pacific that increases the risk of extreme rainfall – hits for the third year consecutive. Experts believe La Nina will likely continue until 2023.
New South Wales Emergency Services Commissioner Carlene York told ABC television that 12 rescues were carried out overnight.
Australia has suffered from the effects of climate change in recent years. In March, extreme weather killed at least 13 people and forced tens of thousands from their homes in Queensland and New South Wales.
The Americas hit by 2 storms
Tropical Storm Fiona brought heavy rain to the Leeward Islands as it entered the Eastern Caribbean.
Weather authorities expect the storm to move toward Puerto Rico, with the potential for dangerously heavy rain in isolated locations near U.S. territory.
By Monday, the tropical storm is expected to cross the Dominican Republic, also with a threat of extreme rainfall and possible flash flooding and mudslides.
According to the US National Hurricane Center, Fiona could become a hurricane near the Bahamas by Tuesday evening.
Meanwhile, another storm loomed over Latin America. Tropical Storm Lester was expected to make landfall near the Acapulco region on the southwest coast of Mexico on Saturday evening.
fb/dj (AFP, AP, Reuters)