A DEVASTATING 100mph storm slammed into South Korea today after battering Japan’s southern islands grounding flights and destroying homes.
Typhoon Tapah flipped boats at harbours and at one stage it was feared the weather front would disrupt the Rugby World Cup in mainland Japan.
A stranded yacht is beached by strong tides in Ulsan, South Korea[/caption]
A flooded road on the southern resort island of Jeju, South Korea[/caption]
A tournament spokesman said: “The typhoon could bring high winds and heavy rain. No match disruption is anticipated at this stage.’
“But we have advised teams of potential disruption to training and team movements as a precautionary measure.”
Japan’s Meteorological Agency said the storm was moving northeast at a speed of 19 mph, with maximum wind speeds topping 100mph.
It warned of heavy rain, flooding and possible landslides throughout Monday in the west of mainland Japan.
The storm also led to the cancellations of more than 400 domestic flights and dozens of people have reportedly been injured by flying debris.
“Serious caution is warranted for violent winds, high waves and landslides,” said Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency in a statement.
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Evacuation advisories have now been issued to more than 2,000 regional residents, according to the disaster management agency.
In Nobeoka City in Miyazaki prefecture, a tornado believed to have been triggered by the typhoon damaged at least one house and injured two people slightly
The winds also blew a cargo container into an electricity tower, causing power loss to some train stations in the area.
A girl grimaces in strong winds howling through Nakatane, Japan[/caption]
Fishing boats docked in Yeosu, South Korea ahead of the storm’s arrival[/caption]
Emergency officials have warned of highs winds, heavy rain, flooding and possible landslides[/caption]
Haeundae Beach is hit by wild waves and strong winds, in Busan, South Korea[/caption]
A cargo container and a steel tower are damaged by winds after Tapah hit Nobeoka[/caption]