Strong winds and high waves have been battering parts of southwestern Japan as typhoon Tapah passes west of the prefecture of Okinawa. Rain is expected over wide areas of the entire country through Monday.
The Meteorological Agency says as of around noon, typhoon Tapah was moving over waters about 120 kilometers off Kume Island. The storm was traveling north-northwest at 20 kilometers per hour.
Tapah is expected to approach northern Kyushu on Sunday evening. It's then forecast to move over the Sea of Japan.
The weather agency says by Monday, the storm may hit northern Japan. The typhoon's path will bring heavy rains and strong winds to Kyushu and Shikoku through Sunday.
Weather officials urge people to take precautions, even if they appear to be out of the storm's way.
The typhoon has forced the cancelation of more than 250 flights, mainly to and from Okinawa. Airlines are urging passengers to check their websites for updates.