A powerful typhoon headed toward southern Japan, bringing violent winds and heavy rain with officials warning it could be strong enough to snap power poles and flip vehicles.
Hundreds of flights in and out across the mainland were cancelled. Some bridges and railroad sections were shut down, thousands of fishing boats and other vessels were moved to safety, and more than 2,600 residents in the southern mainland regions were evacuated due to the possibility of landslides and other concerns.
Vietnam’s central region has had a tough year, with its important tourism industry crippled by the coronavirus pandemic long before the arrival of nine typhoons that wiped out crops and damaged homes of hundreds of thousands people.
Philippine authorities have ordered thousands of residents in eastern coastal communities to evacuate ahead of the landfall of Typhoon Vamco on Wednesday, only weeks after the country was battered by the strongest cyclone so far this year.
At least 40 people were dead and scores were missing after deadly landslides triggered by heavy rain from the typhoon
The Japanese Meteorological Agency had said earlier that Maysak was expected to later make landfall on Kyushu, Japan’s main southern island, but its course appeared to be swerving away. Still, its passing close by could bring strong winds and rain.
More than 300 domestic departures were cancelled as Typhoon Maysak churned across waters south of the resort island of Jeju packing gusts of up to 162 kilometres per hour (101 miles per hour).
Authorities have issued warning of "catastrophic" conditions in the hardest-hit regions where hundreds of thousands have fled their homes.
Hundreds of soldiers were called for duty and heavy machinery deployed in Vietnam on Thursday to search for survivors after landslides caused by torrential rain from Typhoon Molave, which whiplashed the country.