Hurricane Haishen was so strong that it has hit Japan.
Now, the horror of the typhoon has shifted to South Korea, canceling flight schedules.
As reported by AFP on Monday (7 September 2020) a preliminary assessment on Monday morning local time showed that the storm did not cause more damage than was feared, even though hundreds of thousands of homes were left without power on most of Japan’s southern island of Kyushu.
As of 7 a.m., the typhoon was 30 kilometers (about 20 miles) north of the island of Tsushima and was categorized as a “big” and strong storm, which weakened overnight.
However, the typhoon was still blowing gusts of up to 216 kilometers per hour.
Reported by the BBC, the weather forecasting agency in South Korea said the storm was heading for Busan, South Korea’s second largest city.
Dozens of people were injured, according to a report by national broadcaster NHK. Most of them are parents.
In Goto Nagasaki, four people were injured after a window pane shattered.
“It is not clear whether the window was smashed by a gust of wind or something that blew it,” said a fire department official.
Weather officials have warned that the storm’s strongest gusts will be strong enough to overturn cars and break utility poles.
As of Monday (Sept. 7) morning, some 476,000 households were without electricity, according to Kyushu Electric Power, raising heatstroke fears for those without air conditioning.