Packing gusts up to 126 kilometers (78 miles) per hour, Nangka barrelled over the nation’s main island of Honshu after making landfall near Cape Muroto on Shikoku island late Thursday.
Japanese authorities urged at least 350,000 people to flee as Typhoon Nangka made landfall in southern Japan. Authorities advised about 100,000 people to evacuate the region.
A 71-year-old man died while trying to install a window glass and an 85-year-old was killed in the storm after he went to check on farmland, the Associated Press reported, citing NHK national television and Kyodo. High wind warnings have already been issued for Korea’s port cities and islands.
Nangka, Malaysian for jackfruit, forced carriers Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways to cancel more than 177 domestic flights.
NHK said at least 39 people had been injured in the storm.
According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the typhoon is affecting nearly all the areas alongside Japan’s Pacific coast from Tohoku area to Kyushu region. A further 300 mm (11 inches) of rain was predicted in parts of Japan by Saturday morning.
The storm is expected to head into the Sea of Japan later on Friday and weaken into a tropical depression.
The region’s train operators and ferry services also cancelled routes ahead of the typhoon, while parts of the roads were closed due to high tides and heavy rain, Kyodo reported.