Typhoon Nanmadol expected to approach Kyushu

Typhoon Nanmadol is expected to approach the Amami Islands and the southwestern main island of Kyushu on Sunday through Monday.

The Japan Meteorological Agency says an emergency warning may be issued for northern and southern Kyushu for unprecedentedly violent winds, high waves, heavy rain and a storm surge.

The agency says that at 8 p.m. on Saturday, the typhoon was traveling northwest over the sea 200 kilometers north-northeast of Minami Daito Island at 20 kilometers per hour.

The typhoon had a central atmospheric pressure of 910 hectopascals.

It was packing winds of up to 198 kilometers per hour near its center, with peak gusts reaching 270 kilometers per hour.

Violent winds of 90 kilometers per hour or more were blowing 185 kilometers east of the typhoon's center and 150 kilometers to the west.

Violent winds are expected to cause seas around the Daito Islands to be very rough till Sunday.

Winds that could cause homes to collapse are expected in the Amami Islands and southern and northern Kyushu through Monday.

Winds of up to 198 kilometers per hour are expected in southern Kyushu and the Amami Islands, and up to 180 kilometers per hour in northern Kyushu.

Peak gusts are expected to reach 270 kilometers per hour in southern Kyushu and the Amami Islands, and 252 kilometers per hour in northern Kyushu.

Seas will also be very rough with waves expected to reach heights of 13 meters in southern Kyushu, 12 meters in the Amami Islands, northern Kyushu and the Shikoku region, 10 meters in the Okinawa and Kinki regions and 7 meters in the Tokai region through Sunday.

Waves are expected to exceed 10 meters in the Kyushu, Shikoku and Kinki regions on Monday.

High waves are expected in western Japan between Sunday and Monday, and an emergency warning for a tidal surge may be issued to southern and northern Kyushu.

Heavy rain is expected through Monday in western and eastern Japan, especially along the Pacific coast.

Rainfall in the 24-hour period through Sunday evening is expected to be up to 500 millimeters in southern Kyushu and up to 400 millimeters in Shikoku.

The agency says southern and northern Kyushu may get record rainfall, and an emergency warning may be issued.

Weather officials are calling on people to be on alert for landslides, flooding in low-lying areas and swollen rivers.

They are urging residents to evacuate before the situation worsens.