Severe Tropical Storm Approaches Kyushu

Severe tropical storm approaches Kyushu

A severe tropical storm is heading for Japan's southwestern region of Kyushu.

Japanese weather officials say that as of 9 a.m. on Monday the storm, Francisco, was moving west-northwest at a speed of 30 kilometers per hour over waters 340 kilometers south of Cape Shiono in central Japan.

The officials say the storm may make landfall in Kyushu early on Tuesday.

Winds of up to 110 kilometers per hour are expected in southern Kyushu, with the storm spreading to Shikoku and producing rough seas.

Heavy downpours are expected in western Japan.

Up to 250 millimeters of rain is expected over a 24-hour period in southern Kyushu, with 200 millimeters expected in northern Kyushu and the Shikoku region.

Weather officials are warning of violent winds, high waves, mudslides, flooding in low-lying areas and swelling rivers. They are advising people to make preparations before the storm hits.

A tropical storm, Lekima, is expected to move north over waters east of the Philippines. Japanese weather officials are advising people to check for the latest updates on local weather information, as the storm may also approach Japan.