“Residents of affected areas should not hesitate to evacuate their homes, even if they fear being infected with the coronavirus,” a meteorological official said on Saturday at a press conference broadcast by the Japanese public broadcaster NHK.
Several companies, including Sony and Toyota, have halted production, and two of Japan’s rail systems have said they will suspend some services. Schools in Kyushu are expected to close on Monday, according to the Japan Times.
The storm is also expected to hit the Korean Peninsula. If Typhoon Haishen hits South Korea, it will be the third storm to make landfall this season. The country has never had three typhoons that made landfall in a single year, according to the NOAA Historical Hurricane Database.
Super Typhoon Haishen comes on the heels of several other storms in the region. Typhoon Maysak hit Japan and the Korean peninsula on Thursday, killing at least two and leaving thousands without electricity in South Korea.
There have been reports of “dozens” of deaths in North Korea, which a Workers’ Party newspaper blamed on local officials, BBC News reported. While BBC Asia-Pacific editor-in-chief Celia Hatton reported that it was impossible to verify whether there had been warnings in the Wohan region, as the newspaper claimed, North Korean officials have sworn punishment. Earlier in the week, footage from state-owned KCTV broadcaster showed heavy flooding overhanging bridges and concrete walls in Kangwon province.
Maysak struck just a week after Typhoon Bavi.