Severe tropical storm may make landfall in Japan

The Japan Meteorological Agency says Nanmadol is moving north-northeast at a speed of 45 kilometers per hour. The storm is packing winds of up to 110 kilometers per hour near its center.

The agency predicts that by late Tuesday night, Kyushu will have 200 millimeters of rain and the Shikoku region will receive 300 millimeters. It also forecasts sea waves will surge to 6 meters off Kyushu and Shikoku.

The agency is urging people to be alert for mudslides, flooding, swollen rivers, thunders and violent winds.

Severe Tropical Storm Nanmadol may make landfall in Japan’s western region of Kyushu on Tuesday morning. Weather officials are warning of heavy rain. (NHK)

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