Typhoon Nanmadol approaching southwestern Japan

Weather officials have issued an emergency warning for violent winds, high waves and storm surges for Kagoshima Prefecture in southwestern Japan. They say a very strong typhoon could trigger the kind of disasters that is seen only once in a few decades.

The eye of Typhoon Nanmadol is south of Kyushu on Sunday morning. And it is slowly moving north-north-west. It is expected to move close to Kyushu or could make landfall through Monday.

Officials say maximum winds of up to 180 kilometers per hour will lash northern and southern Kyushu, as well as the Amami Islands with peak gusts reaching 252 kilometers per hour through Sunday.

Southern Kyushu could get as much as 600 millimeters of rain in the 24-hour period through Monday morning.
The agency also warns that as the typhoon is large, rain and winds could intensify even in areas far from it. Heavy precipitation is expected in western and some parts of eastern Japan through Monday. The typhoon is forecast to head northeast and travel across Japan's main island of Honshu through Tuesday.

Flights have been disrupted at airports around the country.

As of 6 a.m. Sunday, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways have decided to cancel over 500 flights for the day. Other airlines are also canceling services.

The Japan Railways Group says bullet train services will be affected on Sunday and Monday.

The operator of the Kyushu Shinkansen said it would suspend service between Kumamoto and Kagoshima-Chuo station all day on Sunday.
It said it will suspend service between Hakata and Kumamoto from around noon.