Cyclone Krosa alert: Japanese authorities on Wednesday advised more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes, while some airlines have canceled hundreds of flights ahead of tropical storm arrivals on the island tomorrow.
According to the Japanese Meteorological Agency, the tropical cyclone of Krosa with winds of up to 108 kilometers per hour is moving northwards to the southwest of the country at 8pm (local time).
The agency said the Cyclone Krosa is expected to hit Japan early Thursday morning.
NHK, Japan’s national broadcasting organization in its report said the move had been issued to 310,000 residents and about 350 flights scheduled for Thursday had been canceled.
“I urge all residents to prepare, be on the alert and take steps to save lives, such as moving ahead,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a Cabinet meeting.
Within 24 hours until 6am (local time) Thursday, the weather forecasting agency expects a one-meter-high rainfall to hit Shikoku, the smallest of the four major islands in Japan.
More than 200 people were killed in heavy rains and floods that hit parts of western Japan last year.
Shikoku is the smallest of Japan’s major islands. It’s encircled by a 1,200km, 88-temple Buddhist pilgrimage route (henro) honoring the 9th-century monk Kukai. Shikoku’s major cities include Matsuyama, home to 8 of the pilgrimage temples, plus feudal Matsuyama Castle and Dogo Onsen, one of Japan’s earliest known hot-spring spas. The island’s mountainous interior has hiking trails and rivers with whitewater rapids.