13 Injured As Typhoon Cimaron Hits Western Japan

August 24, 2018 –¬†Powerful Typhoon Cimaron made landfall in the Shikoku and Kinki regions in western Japan before moving off over the Sea of Japan in the predawn hours of Aug. 24, leaving at least 13 people injured in seven western Japanese prefectures.

Strong wind warnings and advisories remained in place for a wide area of the Japanese archipelago on Aug. 24, while heavy rain and flood advisories have been issued in some regions.

As of 5am this morning, evacuation instructions had been issued to at least 93,140 people in 42,171 households in Mie, Osaka, Hyogo, Nara, Wakayama, Hiroshima and Kagawa prefectures. A total of 943,866 people in 428,465 households have been advised by local bodies to take shelter.

According to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency, at least 13 people were injured, some seriously, in the western Japanese prefectures of Fukui, Mie, Shiga, Osaka, Hyogo, Wakayama and Tokushima.

In Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture, a 60-meter-tall wind turbine collapsed from its base at a park, apparently after being blown over by strong winds generated by the typhoon. Nobody was injured in the incident.

At around 7:45 a.m., local police received an emergency call reporting that the wind turbine had collapsed. The turbine, belonging to the Awaji Municipal Government, consists of three blades with a diameter of 45 meters and a 37-meter-tall tower. It has a maximum output of 600 kilowatts. The generator is designed to automatically stop when wind speeds exceed 25 meters per second, or 90 kilometers per hour. However, the generator had not been in operation since May 2017 due to technical problems.

According to the Kobe Local Meteorological Office, the maximum instantaneous wind speed reached 28.6 m/s, or nearly 103 kph, in the Gunge district of Awaji on the night of Aug. 23.

Five homes were partially damaged by the typhoon in Fukui, Wakayama and Kochi prefectures, while seven residences were flooded in Osaka, Nara and Wakayama prefectures, the agency said.

In Shingu, Wakayama Prefecture, the Kumano River overflowed at 12:20 a.m. on Aug. 24, prompting the municipal government to issue evacuation instructions to 857 people in 464 households at 12:34 a.m.

A large piece of a heavy urethane panel covering the rooftop of a 14-story condominium in Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, measuring about 10 meters by 10 meters, was ripped off by strong winds from the typhoon and fell onto a parking lot below, breaking the windows of three cars parked there. Prefectural police said nobody was injured in the incident.

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