After ripping through the Okinawa island chain, Japan and passing close to China, forcing the evacuation of more than 200,000 people, Typhoon “Talim” is now on its way toward mainland Japan. It is expected to be a Category 1 hurricane equivalent when it makes landfall over Kyushu, Japan on September 17. Talim lashed southern Okinawan island chain on Wednesday, September 13, packing gusts of up to 252

km/h (156 mph), uprooting trees and knocking down power lines. More than 18,000 people were without power in the city of Miyako, home to around 54,000 people. The Miyako-Jima Island airport measured a record-breaking 479.04 mm (18.86 inches) of rain over the 24-hour period on Wednesday. This is the most rain the island has seen in 40 years, since 1977 when reliable records began. Over a 48-hour period, the same station recorded 515.62 mm (20.30 inches), which is also a record. READ MORE