Gusty winds caused by severe tropical storm Tapah have caused damage in the city of Nobeoka in Miyazaki Prefecture in Kyushu.
Local fire and police departments have received many phone calls from people saying that windows had been broken by tornado-like winds.
All of Miyazaki Prefecture is inside a zone with winds of more than 54 kilometers per hour. A tornado advisory has been issued.
JR Kyushu says a steel tower at Nobeoka Station fell down. Train service has been partly suspended on the Nippo Line.
The Kyushu Electric Power Company says that power lines were cut in several places near the station.