Typhoon Nanmadol rips through southwestern Japan

Japanese weather officials continue to urge people in southwestern Japan to be on high alert as powerful typhoon Nanmadol moves north over the region. An emergency warning is in effect for the southern prefecture of Miyazaki due to the risk of large-scale disasters seen only once in a few decades.

Nanmadol is heading north in Fukuoka prefecture, after ripping through the southern region of Kyushu. Violent winds are affecting almost all of Kyushu and parts of the nearby Chugoku and Shikoku regions.

The Meteorological Agency is advising people in Miyazaki Prefecture to move to high ground or stay inside sturdy buildings.

Heavy rain has been falling over a wide area. Nearly 900 millimeters have been recorded in Misato Town since Saturday. That's more than the average for the entire month of September.

Nanmadol is expected to change course and move eastward after passing through Kyushu on Monday morning. The typhoon is then likely to move northeast near the main island of Honshu through Tuesday.

Bands of heavy rain clouds could develop over Kyushu, Shikoku and Chugoku, as well as the Kinki and Tokai regions. The agency is warning people to watch out for landslides, flooding in low-lying areas and swollen rivers.

Meanwhile, emergency warnings for violent winds, high waves and storm surges in the southern prefecture of Kagoshima were downgraded to warnings and advisories. But officials are still urging people there to remain alert.