A severe tropical storm is expected to make landfall and move through western Japan by Thursday evening. Weather officials are warning of torrential rains, strong winds and rough seas.
Meteorological Agency officials estimate the storm was situated 60 kilometers south of the city of Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture at noon on Thursday. The agency says Krosa is moving north at a speed of 30 kilometers per hour, producing violent winds.
It adds that the storm may make landfall in the Chugoku region and sweep through western Japan on Thursday.
The officials say violent winds are making their way to some parts of the Shikoku, Chugoku, and Kinki regions.
Rainfall for the 24 hours through Friday morning is expected to reach 500 millimeters in Shikoku and Kinki, 400 in Tokai.
The overall precipitation may exceed 1,200 millimeters in some areas.
Weather officials are warning of landslides in the prefectures of Kochi, Ehime, Tokushima, Nara and Oita.
Krosa is also expected to bring strong winds to the Pacific side of western and eastern Japan.
The seas are already rough. Waves are expected to reach 9 meters along the coastal areas of Shikoku, Kinki, and Tokai, and 8 meters along the shores of northern Kyushu and Yamaguchi Prefecture.
People are advised to stay on the alert for violent winds, high waves, and storm surges, as well as mudslides, floods and swollen rivers.