Tropical Storm Talim Batters Japan; 2 Killed, 3 Missing

September 18, 2017

At least two people are dead, three are missing and more than three dozen have been injured as Typhoon Talim, now a tropical storm, roared northward over Japan.

According to the Japan Times, an 86-year-old woman was found dead in her house in Kagawa Prefecture after it was crushed in a mudslide, while the body of a 60-year-old man was found in a sunken car in a river in Kochi.

Three men went missing in separate incidents across Kochi and Oita prefectures after going outside to check on a ship and rice fields, prompting police to launch searches, the Times reported. And about 1,200 people remained stranded in the Oita cities of Saiki and Tsukumi as flooding and mudslides cut off some roads.

(MORE: The Latest on Hurricane Maria)

Nearly 60,000 were issued evacuation orders in parts of Oita and Miyazaki prefectures, the Japan Times reports, and in Kagoshima prefecture, 230,000 people were evacuated, reported.

“The mountains seem about to collapse," a resident of Asakura told EuroNews. "I think it will be OK, but I am still scared."

Operators of bullet trains reported stoppages due to power outages and the heavy rain, Bloomberg said.

The storm caused flight cancellations Saturday after bringing high winds and significant rainfall to the country's southern islands. China Airlines, Tigerair Taiwan and EVA Airways have all canceled flights, Focus Taiwan reported.

Before hitting mainland Japan, Talim caused more than 18,000 homes in the city of Miyako, located about 1,000 miles southwest of Tokyo and home to 54,000 people, to lose power. The highest 24-hour rainfall total in more than 40 years was recorded there Wednesday.

Trees were uprooted and power lines knocked down on Miyako Island and its neighboring islands, the Ryukyu Shimpo newspaper reported to

The Miyako-Jima Island airport clocked a wind gust of 108 mph late Wednesday local time and picked up a 24-hour record rainfall of 18.86 inches, senior meteorologist Jon Erdman said. Over a two-day period, Miyako-Jima picked up 20.30 inches, also a record that dates back to 1977.

Talim pushed high surf toward the coast of China, where more than 200,000 people had been evacuated from the Chinese provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang of Wednesday.

According to UNTV, the storm had already raised the tide more than 30 feet in Yuhuan, in the Zhejiang province.

"We've evacuated all the people here, providing them with daily supplies," said Yongxing Community Committee of Sansha City deputy director Zhao Heng.

The Weather Company’s primary journalistic mission is to report on breaking weather news, the environment and the importance of science to our lives. This story does not necessarily represent the position of our parent company, IBM.

Featured Blogs

Meteorology of Saturday's Colombian Flood Disaster That Killed 254

By Dr. Jeff Masters
April 3, 2017

At least 254 people were killed in the in the city of Mocoa (population 40,000) in southwest Colombia near the border of Ecuador early Saturday, when torrential rains triggered a debris flow on a nearby mountain that surged into the town as a huge wall of water carrying tons of mud and debris. The disaster is the fourth deadliest weather-related disaster in Colombia’s recorded history.

Iconic American Destination Virtually Isolated for Rest of Year

By Christopher C. Burt
March 24, 2017

Half of the village of Big Sur, on the coast of central California, has lost its only access to the north following the demolition of the flood-damaged Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge along State Route 1 (also Rt. 1 or SR 1) on March 19. Although Rt. 1 to the south of Big Sur has reopened to traffic (after mud and rock slides were cleared) it is a long 70-mile journey along the windy but spectacular highway to Cambria, the next town of any significance where supplies can be had. CalTrans (California Department of Transportation) estimates it will take 6-9 months to rebuild a new bridge over the canyon.

An extraordinary meteorological event; was one of its results a 1000-year flood?

By Stu Ostro
October 5, 2015

The confluence of meteorological ingredients the first weekend in October 2015 resulted in an extraordinary weather event with severe impacts. Was one of them a 1000-year flood?

Why the Arrest of a Science-Loving 14-year-old Matters

By Shaun Tanner
September 16, 2015

By now, many of you have heard or read about the arrest of Ahmed Mohamed, a 14-year-old high school student from Irving, Texas. Ahmed was arrested because school officials called the police after he showed one of his teachers his homemade clock. Mistaken for a bomb, Ahmed was taken into custody, interrogated, shamed, suspended (still on suspension today, Wednesday), and reprimanded. All of this after it has been found that the "device" he brought to school was indeed, a homemade clock.