Typhoon Noru leaves 2 dead in southwestern Japan

Typhoon Noru leaves 2 dead in southwestern Japan

Typhoon Noru is bringing violent winds and heavy rain to Japan's southwestern prefecture of Kagoshima. Two people died and 9 have been injured.

The Meteorological Agency says it believes the typhoon was 30 kilometers west-southwest of Tanegashima Island as of 7 AM on Sunday.

It forecasts Noru will get very close to the main island of Kyushu during the day without losing strength.

Noru is packing winds of 126 kilometers per hour near its center. The town of Nakatane on Tanegashima Island recorded maximum instantaneous wind of 124.2 kilometers per hour at around 1:40 AM.

The Pacific side of Kyushu and western Japan could receive more than 80 millimeters per hour of intermittent rain through Monday.

The southern part of Kyushu and another main island of Shikoku could get 600 millimeters of rain by Monday morning. The northern part of Kyushu could be hit with 500 millimeters of rain.

Waves will measure 7 to 8 meters high in wide areas ranging from Kyushu to central Japan.

The Meteorological Agency is warning of mudslides, floods, swollen rivers, violent winds, high waves and high tides.

In the town of Yakushima, a 67-year-old man was pronounced dead on Saturday after falling at his home due to strong winds on the previous day.

In the town of Minamitane on Tanegashima Island, an 84-year-old man was found floating at a port and pronounced dead on Saturday. Police say he is believed to have fallen from a pier when trying to check on his boat.

Kyushu Electric Power Company says at least 11,600 households in Kagoshima Prefecture were without electricity as of 4 AM on Sunday.

Noru has also forced the cancellation of many transportation services in Kyushu.