Severe Tropical Storm Francisco Hits Kyushu

Severe tropical storm Francisco hits Kyushu

Weather officials in Japan are cautioning residents on the southern island of Kyushu to be on alert after a typhoon made landfall Tuesday morning.

The Meteorological Agency says Francisco touched down near Miyazaki City around 5 a.m., and later became a severe tropical storm. It is heading northwest at a speed of 25 kilometers per hour.

The storm has an atmospheric pressure of 985 hectopascals at its center. Officials expect strong winds of up to 108 kilometers per hour. Heavy rain is also forecast throughout the day.

Airline operators decided to suspend 161 domestic flights scheduled for Tuesday, mainly those going in and out of Kyushu.

Some local railways have halted services. Shinkansen bullet trains in the region are operating normally but officials say there could be delays or cancellations.

Kyushu Electric Power Company also says more than 17,000 household in the region are without power.