Rescue workers in Japan have warned of landslides and flooding after one of the most significant storms in decades, Typhoon Nanmadol hit the country.
Typhoon Nanmadol killed at least four people and injured more than 100 others on Sunday morning after landfall on the southern island of Kyushu.
On Tuesday, 140,000 homes were still without power.
The storm has now been downgraded to a cyclone after sweeping across much of the country and moving out to sea.
Reports say a man was killed when his car was submerged in flooding and another died after being buried in a landslide. Two other people were found “without vital signs,” a term often used to refer to death before being certified by a coroner.
At least 114 people were injured, 14 of them seriously. The super typhoon brought gusts of wind up to 234 km / h (145 mph), destroying homes and disrupting transportation and business. It is equivalent to a Category 4 or Category 5 hurricane.
The capital, Tokyo, experienced heavy rains, with the Tozai subway line cut off due to flooding. Canceled the services of high-speed trains, ferries, and hundreds of flights; shops and businesses are closed.
Prime Minister Fumio Kishida postponed a visit to New York until Tuesday when he would give a speech at the United Nations General Assembly to monitor the storm’s impact.
Scientists have predicted an active hurricane season this year, affected by a natural phenomenon known as La Niña.
Warmer sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic and Caribbean due to climate change can also affect the frequency and intensity of hurricanes