Strong typhoon Noru made landfall in western Japan today after killing two people on outlying islands, as authorities warned against landslides and floods.
The typhoon with gusts up to 162 kilometres per hour hit the northern part of Wakayama prefecture after whipping up waves and winds off southern Japanese islands at the weekend. The meteorological agency said, the storm, bringing heavy rain and strong winds, was slowly moving northeast toward central Japan.
The agency, meanwhile, said 17 people were injured in typhoon-related accidents. Noru also forced airlines to cancel some 400 flights, mainly in western Japan. The agency warned of severe winds and urged residents in the region to stay on high alert against landslides and floods as well as high waves.