17 Sep (News) — A “monster” typhoon could bring unprecedented strong winds to much of Japan, the country’s weather agency said on Saturday.
At a news conference, officials from the Japan Meteorological Agency called for extreme caution and issued a special warning for Kagoshima Prefecture and the northern region of Kyushu as Typhoon Nanmadol descends.
The two areas could see strong winds, big waves and tidal waves, they said.
The special alert for Kagoshima Prefecture is the first such alert ever issued for the region. Some officials have said the prefecture could see major disasters not seen in decades.
The typhoon packs winds of up to 123 mph with maximum gusts of up to 170 mph. Heavy rain is forecast for southern Japan throughout the weekend.
The storm is likely to head out to sea again on Wednesday or Thursday.