People in western Japan are staying alert as Typhoon Chaba continues to blow through the region.
The powerful storm is moving in a northeast direction over waters off Kyushu.
Japan’s Meteorological Agency says the typhoon is traveling at a speed of about 50 kilometers per hour. It is packing winds of more than 125 kilometers per hour near its center.
Authorities have advised more than 30,000 people in the island city of Tsushima in Nagasaki Prefecture to evacuate their homes. Public schools in the prefecture were closed on Wednesday.
Air and sea traffic has been disrupted. More than 140 domestic flights to and from the region have been cancelled.
Weather officials forecast the storm will keep moving east along Japan’s coast.
Typhoon Chaba is now battering South Korea.
The Korean Meteorological Administration says the powerful storm is moving northeast after passing the southern island of Jeju. It is approaching the city of Busan.
Weather officials say downpours of over 50 millimeters per hour are continuing and that more than 270 millimeters were recorded on Jeju Island between midnight and 5 AM on Wednesday.
Maximum wind gusts clocked 203 kilometers per hour.
The South Korean coast guard is searching for a man who fell into the sea from a ship moored at a port on Jeju.
The Ministry of Public Safety and Security says about 25,000 households are without electricity on the island. Ministry officials say many flights have been cancelled and roads closed.
The South Korean government is warning the public to be cautious about overflowing rivers and landslides.
Source: NHK Image: ANN