Tokyo, Aug 7 (IANS) Typhoon Noru, the fifth this year, made landfall on Monday in Japan’s Wakayama prefecture, the weather agency said. Also Read - ‘Scream Inside Your Heart’: Japan Theme Park Bans Screaming on Roller Coaster Rides Due to COVID-19

The typhoon, with central atmospheric pressure at 970 hectopascals, had winds at a speed of 30 metres per second near its centre, with gusts reaching nearly 45 metres per second, Xinhua news agency quoted the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) as saying. Also Read - Here Are 6 Countries That Will Pay You to Visit Them Once COVID-19 Pandemic is Over

Heavy rains battered western Japan and the JMA has warned about possible flooding, mudslides, violent winds and high waves. Also Read - UFO or Weather Balloon: Mysterious Balloon-Like White Object Spotted in Japan’s Sky, Twitter is Bewildered

As of 3 p.m. (local time), a total of 73,000 people in 32,000 households in western Japan’s five prefectures were ordered to evacuate.

On Sunday, two people were killed and 15 others injured as typhoon Noru drew near the main islands of Japan, bringing violent winds and torrential rains with it.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed.