Japan’s meteorological agency warned on Saturday that a “very dangerous” typhoon is headed for the island of Kyushu, in the south of the country, and urged residents to evacuate the area.
Typhoon Nanmadol was moving with gusts of up to 270 kilometers per hour on Saturday as it passed the island of Minami Daito, 450 km east of Okinawa, according to the meteorological agency.
The typhoon is expected to make landfall in Kyushu in Kagoshima province on Sunday and continue north from there.
“There is a risk of unprecedented storms, high waves, storm surges and heavy rainfall,” Ryuta Kurora, head of the agency’s weather forecasting unit, told reporters.
“Ultimate caution is requested,” he added, asking residents to evacuate the area as soon as possible.
“This typhoon is very dangerous,” he said.
The meteorological agency planned to activate the highest alert level for Kagoshima province later in the day, Kurora said.
“The wind will be so fierce that some houses could collapse,” he said, warning that flooding and landslides could also occur.
Japan, currently in its typhoon season, is hit by about 20 such storms each year, but scientists say climate change is increasing the severity of these phenomena and causing extreme events such as heat waves, droughts and floods. more and more frequent and intense.