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Super typhoon batters southern Japan forcing thousands to flee their homes

The region was hit hard by a powerful typhoon that swept through southern Japan. It caused severe flooding and blackouts.

Forecasters warned of strong winds, high waves and rivers that could overflow and landslides.

Typhoon Nanmadol is being classified by the US Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center as a super storm and is moving slowly north towards Kyushu, the country’s main south island.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, (JMA), the area could be flooded by 500mm (20in) rain and wind gusts up to 155 mph (250kph).

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Nanmadol will then turn east to Tokyo on Tuesday, before heading out to sea.

Many residents in affected areas have sought refuge at evacuation centers.

Kyushu Electric Power Company stated that more than 93,000 households across the island were without power on Sunday due to damage to power lines.

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Many domestic flights from and to the region were cancelled, and many more will be grounded in western Japan up until Tuesday.

Along with the famed bullet train, public transport including buses and rail services has been also suspended.

In the face of extreme weather, hundreds of shops were forced to close.

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