Typhoon Nanmadol rocks southwestern Japan

Japanese weather officials are urging people in Japan's southern region of Kyushu to be on maximum alert as powerful typhoon Nanmadol is moving north over the region. Authorities have issued an emergency warning in southern prefectures. They say there's an increasing risk of large-scale disasters.

The typhoon made landfall in the southern prefecture of Kagoshima on Sunday night. The Meteorological Agency has issued an emergency heavy rain warning in Miyazaki Prefecture. It also issued emergency warnings for violent winds, high waves and storm surges in Kagoshima Prefecture.

People are being advised to move to high ground or stay inside sturdy buildings. The typhoon knocked down signboards and bus stop signs.

Winds tipped over the arm of a construction crane in Kagoshima City, where winds hit 155 kilometers an hour.
Rain has been pouring down over a wide area.

More than 800 millimeters of rain have fallen in Misato town in Miyazaki Prefecture since Saturday. That is more than the average for the entire month of September.

The agency is warning people to watch out for swollen rivers, landslides and floods in low-lying areas.

The typhoon has also triggered blackouts in parts of the region that left over 270,000 households without power.
Japan's major mobile carriers say the storm is causing network disruption in some parts of the region.

Local authorities are issuing evacuation orders for millions of people. Some in the area have taken shelter.

Transportation is suffering large disruptions. Flights and Shinkansen services are widely suspended through Monday.

At Hiroshima Station, many people lined up to get train tickets before train services are suspended.

Transportation operators are asking people to stay updated with the latest information on their services.