Typhoon Haishen brought heavy rain and powerful gusts of wind to south Japan early Sunday. The storm had sustained winds of about 112 mph — equivalent to a category 3 hurricane — as it hit the Okinawa islands and the islands of Kyushu and Amami Oshimi, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
Haishen is expected to move on to the main southern island of Kyushu afterward, according to Reuters.
The Japan Meteorological Agency has urged residents of Okinawa and Kyushu to exercise extreme caution. Haishen morphed into a super typhoon on Saturday, with maximum sustained winds higher than 155 miles per hour and gusts greater than 190 mph.
#TyphoonHaishen, as seen from the #Himawari8 satellite, has strengthened into a “#SuperTyphoon” with sustained winds of 155 mph and gusts up to 190 mph. It is expected to sideswipe southern Japan and hit South Korea, near where Typhoon #Maysak made landfall earlier this week. pic.twitter.com/ZruTdFB4tf
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“People in affected areas should not hesitate to evacuate their homes, even though they may be worried about being infected with the coronavirus,” a meteorological official told a news conference broadcast by Japanese public broadcaster NHK on Saturday.