Typhoon Hinnamnor to bring violent wind, heavy rain to northern Kyushu

Large and powerful Typhoon Hinnamnor is expected to bring fierce winds and torrential rain to some parts of western Japan.

Japanese weather officials say that as of 6 p.m. on Monday, Hinnamnor was moving north-northeast over the East China Sea at 25 kilometers per hour.

The typhoon had a central atmospheric pressure of 950 hectopascals. Winds of more than 140 kilometers per hour are blowing near its center, with peak gusts reaching 216 kilometers per hour.

At Fukue Airport in Nagasaki Prefecture, gusts of 87 kilometers per hour were observed shortly past 5 p.m.

In Nishimera Village, Miyazaki Prefecture, 40.5 millimeters of heavy rain fell in the hour until 5 p.m.

The typhoon is expected to move northeast over the East China Sea.

It may approach northern Kyushu by Tuesday morning after passing through the Tsushima Strait. Northern Kyushu is likely to have winds fierce enough to knock down utility poles and damage buildings.

Through Tuesday, peak gusts are expected to reach 210 kilometers per hour in northern Kyushu and 160 kilometers per hour in Yamaguchi Prefecture. Southern Kyushu, the Chugoku, Shikoku and Hokuriku regions, and Hokkaido are expected to have gusts of 120 kilometers per hour.

Extremely rough seas are also forecast in waters around Kyushu. Waves could reach 12 meters in northern Kyushu, 10 meters in southern Kyushu and Yamaguchi, and 8 meters in Chugoku.

Storm surges and high waves could cause flooding along coastal areas of western Japan.

Heavy rain may pound Kyushu and regions far from the typhoon due to unstable atmospheric conditions. Hourly rainfall of more than 80 millimeters is likely.

Bands of heavy rain clouds could emerge in northern Kyushu and Yamaguchi, raising the risk of disasters.

In the 24-hour period to Tuesday evening, rainfall could reach 300 millimeters in southern Kyushu and Shikoku, 250 millimeters in northern Kyushu and 200 millimeters in Yamaguchi.

The Kinki region is forecast to get up to 150 millimeters of rain, and Chugoku 120 millimeters.

Weather officials are urging caution over violent winds, high waves, storm surges, landslides, flooding in low-lying areas and swollen rivers as well as lightning and tornadoes.