The typhoon is expected to hit southern Kyushu, one of the islands in southwestern Japan, specifically within Kagoshima Prefecture, according to NHK.
“Meteorological officials have issued an emergency warning of high winds, high waves and storm surge for Kagoshima Prefecture,” NHK reported.
Residents of 965,000 households were ordered to evacuate across the coastal cities of Miyazaki, Kagoshima, and Amakusa.
NHK reported that a Level 5 alert, the highest on Japan’s disaster warning scale, was issued to more than 14,000 people in the city of Nishinomote on the island of Kyushu.
“Heavy rain is likely to be on record and an emergency warning of heavy rain will be announced,” the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
“The highest level of vigilance is required for rising water levels and river floods, landslide disasters, and lowland floods.”
Ryota Korora, an official with the JMA, warned on Saturday that strong winds could cause homes to collapse. Korora urged residents to evacuate before the storm hits to escape the dangers of landslides and floods.
Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways have already canceled at least 335 flights that were scheduled to leave or arrive at airports in Japan on Sunday, according to NHK.
NHK reported that “the eye of Typhoon Nanmadol is clearly visible in satellite images. The cyclone has developed rapidly since Friday night.”
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