Typhoon Talim nearing Kyushu

Japan’s Meteorological Agency says the typhoon was moving east-northeast at a speed of 25 kilometers per hour in waters west of Yakushima Island off Kyushu as of 4 AM on Sunday. It was packing winds of up to 126 kilometers per hour at its center.

As the storm approaches, rain in southern Kyushu is intensifying. In a one hour period, 51 millimeters of rain was recorded in Misato town, Miyazaki Prefecture.

Combined with a seasonal front, the typhoon will bring heavy rain to western and eastern Japan on Sunday. Hourly rainfall of more than 80 millimeters may hit some locations.

Caution is also advised against gale force winds. At around one AM, a maximum instantaneous wind velocity of 110 kilometers per hour was recorded in Toshima village, Kagoshima Prefecture.

Typhoon Talim is approaching Japan’s southern main island of Kyushu. It could make landfall there between Sunday morning and noon. (NHK)

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