At least three people were injured after Typhoon Nanmadol slammed into Japan on Tuesday, grounding dozens of flights in the country. The typhoon prompted the authorities to issue evacuation warnings on fears of landslides and floods.
The meteorological agency of Japan said that Typhoon Nanmadol made landfall in Nagasaki on the southwestern main island of Kyushu, packing winds of up to 144 kilometres (89 miles) per hour.
The airline companies said that nearly 47 domestic flights were cancelled due to the typhoon, as transport across Kyushu temporarily came to a standstill on Tuesday affecting around 3,000 passengers.
NHK, the public broadcaster reported that at least three people were injured in storm-related accidents. The agency said that the typhoon was moving east at a speed of 55 kph and was expected to cut across eastern Japan, including areas surrounding Tokyo, late Tuesday or early Wednesday while losing strength.
Television footage from NHK and a Asahi newspaper report showed a downed power pole, collapsed scaffolding and an overturned truck. According to news reports, the local officials issued evacuation advisories that affected more than 20,000 people.
Typhoons and big storms are quite frequent in Japan. Last September, Typhoon Lionrock pounded the country killing 22 people.