BREAKING NEWS: TYPHOON VONGFONG HITS JAPAN
Early this morning, Typhoon Vongfong barreled into Japan with at least one person missing and dozens injured while more than 300 flights were grounded.
NHK said at least 45 people had been injured in typhoon-related accidents so far, a figure which included the 23 injured as the monster storm pounded the southern Okinawa islands over the weekend.
Local authorities issued evacuation advisories to more than 440,000 residents mainly in southwestern Japan.
In Shizuoka, central Japan, three Chinese people were swept away by high waves triggered by the typhoon on Sunday afternoon as they were fishing on the coast, a local police spokesman said.
“Two of them were rescued safely but the remaining one aged 26 is still missing,” the police spokesman said.
The weather agency warned that landslides, floods, high waves and heavy rains could hit a large swathe of the archipelago, where a relatively wet summer brought numerous landslides, including in Hiroshima where more than 70 people died.