Strong Typhoon Approaching Kyushu

Strong typhoon approaching Kyushu

A strong typhoon is heading for Japan's southwestern Kyushu region.

As of 3 p.m. on Monday, Japanese weather officials say Typhoon Francisco was over waters about 250 kilometers south of Cape Ashizuri of Kochi Prefecture. It was moving west-northwest at a speed of 30 kilometers per hour.

The storm had an atmospheric pressure of 975 hectopascals at its center, packing winds of up to 126 kilometers per hour.

The officials say the typhoon will likely approach Kyushu, retaining its strength, and make landfall early on Tuesday.

Humid air brought by the storm is expected to cause unstable atmospheric conditions in wide areas of western Japan. Heavy downpours will likely hit some areas through Tuesday.

Up to 350 millimeters of rain is expected over a 24-hour period in southern Kyushu, while 300 millimeters is expected in northern Kyushu, and 250 millimeters in the Shikoku region.