Powerful typhoon makes landfall in western Japan

This screenshot of the Japan Meteorological Agency website shows the expected course of Typhoon Cimaron in the coming days

This screenshot of the Japan Meteorological Agency website shows the expected course of Typhoon Cimaron in the coming days

Typhoon Cimaron, which is heading north from the western Pacific, is expected to bring strong winds and rain to Japan over the next few days. Power supplies to all of those homes were said to have been restored by 9 p.m.

Some trains have suspended operations and more than 100 flights were cancelled, a lot of them domestic routes, reports said.

On Wednesday morning, three university students went missing along the coast of the central Japanese city of Shizuoka, Kyodo said. Rescuers will continue searching the area, believing they may have been washed away by high waves.

According to police, their backpacks and smartphones were left on a bench at the beach. She was rushed to a hospital.

The approaching typhoon has caused strong winds and heavy rains in southern South Korea, forcing many flight cancelations and school closures. It was packing winds of up to 198 kph at its center with an atmospheric pressure of 965 hectopascals.

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One of those areas, Hiroshima Prefecture, set up a disaster countermeasures task force on August 23 and instructed municipal governments under its jurisdiction to issue evacuation advisories or orders at an early stage and take other measures to prevent secondary damage.

"Please evacuate early", he said at a press conference.

"We have to proceed (with the recovery effort) by watching weather forecasts" carefully, a 73-year-old man said.

Among disruptions to transport services, the Sunrise Seto and Sunrise Izumo long distance sleeper trains that run between Tokyo and the Sanin and Shikoku regions were also affected by the typhoon.

Shikoku would likely see as much as 800 mm (32 inches) of rain in the 24 hours to noon on Friday. The first typhoon to reach the Korean Peninsula since Sanba in 2012, will bring heavy thunderstorms to the peninsula, the Korea Meteorological Administration warned Tuesday. Since Monday, more than 400 mm of rain has been recorded in Kochi and Kagoshima prefectures, with the agency warning of landslides in the northern Kyushu region.

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