Emergency typhoon warning issued for Kagoshima Prefecture as Nanmadol approaches

Weather officials have issued an emergency warning for southwestern Japan's Kagoshima Prefecture, which is threatened by an exceptionally powerful typhoon. Japan's Meteorological Agency says people in the prefecture should be on maximum alert for violent winds, high waves and a storm surge.

The agency issued the emergency warning at 9:40 p.m. on Saturday. Typhoon Nanmadol could make landfall or come closest to the prefecture during the day on Sunday.

Officials say the prefecture could suffer large-scale disasters not seen in decades. They are urging residents to follow advice issued by local municipalities to take shelter.