Weather officials in Japan say a strong typhoon is expected to make landfall in the southern Kyushu region early on Tuesday.
As of 8 p.m. on Monday, Meteorological Agency officials say Typhoon Francisco was over waters about 170 kilometers south of Cape Ashizuri in the western prefecture of Kochi. It was moving west-northwest at a speed of 25 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 land on southern Kyushu, retaining its strength, before or at dawn 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 300 millimeters of rain is expected over a 24-hour period in Kyushu, while 250 millimeters is expected in the Shikoku region.