Typhoon Vongfong makes landfall in Makurazaki, 52 injured

October 13, 2014 1:27 PM |

Typhoon VonfongPowerful typhoon Vongfong made landfall in Japan mainland on Monday morning, however with considerably weaker winds. According to Japan Meteorological Agency, Vongfong had hit the city of Makurazaki on Kyushu island as a minimal typhoon, with maximum sustained winds of 180 kmph.

With this, there is a threat of torrential rainfall in large parts of Japan over the next couple of days. As per the latest update, the center of Vongfong had reached the southwestern tip of Shikoku, one of Japan's four main islands. However, the wind speed has tailed off to 65 mph, which makes Vongfong a tropical storm now.

Around 52 people were injured, while one has been reported to be missing in separate typhoon related incidents. National carrier, Japan Airlines has cancelled more than 300 flights.

Smashing winds uprooted trees and electricity poles, while huge waves were smashing into breakwaters. Television footage showed the roof and walls of several houses being ripped off by gusts in Makurazaki.

Vongfong is now moving in a east-northeast direction at a speed of over 20 mph but its forward motion will continue to accelerate over the next day or two.

Prior to making landfall in mainland, Vongfong had hit the islands of Kadena and Okinawa on October 10, as a super typhoon. Though maximum sustained winds had tailed off lightly, but were still estimated at 150 mph, equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane.

Earlier on October 7, Vongfong had intensified into the strongest tropical cyclone of 2014 after growing rapidly overnight on October 6. According to Joint Typhoon Warning Center, USA, maximum sustained winds had reached its peak at 180 mph, which is equivalent to a potentially catastrophic Category 5 hurricane. With this, Vongfong had become the fifth super typhoon of 2014

The typhoon came just a week after another strong tropical storm lashed the country, leaving 11 people dead or missing.

Picture courtesy: Reuters


For accurate weather forecast and updates, download Skymet Weather (Android App | iOS App) App.

Weather Forecast

Other Latest Stories

Weather on Twitter
We can expect #rains over #Mumbai tonight and for next couple of days, however, these showers won’t be heavy as to… t.co/KJrWKY7xF8
Friday, October 18 17:40Reply
Residents had been waiting for some rains to make an appearance and the rain Gods have finally listened to the pray… t.co/da6PSFSchg
Friday, October 18 17:39Reply
प्रदेश में मौसम का मिजाज एक बार फिर बदलने वाला है। पूर्वी उत्तर प्रदेश में अगले तीन-चार दिन तक बादलों की आवाजाही, ह… t.co/ILr9yV4JGW
Friday, October 18 17:21Reply
#Maharashtra (2/2): #Rain in Nanded, #Nashik, Osmanabad, Palghar, Parbhani, #Pune, #Raigad, #Ratnagiri, Sangli, Sat… t.co/q44W8uzrQT
Friday, October 18 17:18Reply
#Maharashtra (1/2): #Rain in Ahmednagar, Akola, Amravati, #Aurangabad, Bhandara, Bid, Buldana, Chandrapur, Gadchiro… t.co/aIBNAhuno3
Friday, October 18 17:17Reply
#Hindi: मध्य प्रदेश का साप्ताहिक मौसम पूर्वानुमान (18-24 ओक्टूबर, 2019), किसानों के लिए फसल सलाह! #MadhyaPradesh t.co/iBPlPQZNdD
Friday, October 18 16:40Reply
After a long gap of a dry spell, the northwestern agri leader state #Punjab is all set to get scattered rains and t… t.co/YPO3tfbT5P
Friday, October 18 16:37Reply
The #NortheastMonsoon has already made an entry into the southern states and #Kerala has started to observe weather… t.co/yqtlMtD3hZ
Friday, October 18 15:56Reply
According to meteorologists at Skymet, #keralaRains to pick up pace in the next 2-3 days. They have forecast very h… t.co/L9eZv3f6G9
Friday, October 18 15:53Reply
ताजा आंकड़ों से तुलना करें तो, प्रदूषण का स्तर ठंड की शुरुआत में ही खतरनाक स्तर पर पहुँच गया है और तो और अक्टूबर के… t.co/mtIBG74RnB
Friday, October 18 15:13Reply

latest news

Skymet weather

Download the Skymet App

Our app is available for download so give it a try