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Japan warns powerful typhoon going to southern region on Sunday

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TOKYO, Sept 17 (Reuters) – The Japan Meteorological Agency warned on Saturday of a big and powerful typhoon likely to reach landfall in the southern island of Kyushu on Sunday, mentioning to half of a metre of rain.

The agency said it could issue a “special warning” for Kagoshima prefecture along with other elements of Kyushu, Japan’s southernmost main island, as soon as Saturday evening with the chance of high waves and heavy rains in the regions.

“Unprecedented” storms and rainfall could strike the region, JMA official Ryuta Kurora said at a televised press conference, urging residents there to evacuate before it gets dark.

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Southern Kyushu could receive 500 millimetres of rain on Sunday, as the central Tokai region could see 300 millimetres, the agency forecast.

Typhoon Nanmadol, the 14th of the growing season, was near Japan’s southern Minami-Daito Island heading northwest at 20 km (12 miles) each hour on Saturday afternoon. The storm is forecast to curve east and pass over Tokyo on Tuesday before moving out to sea by Wednesday.

Domestic broadcasters aired footage of strong winds and rain already are lashing down on Japan’s southern island chain of Okinawa because the storm approached.

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Reporting by Rocky Swift in Tokyo; Editing by William Mallard and Lincoln Feast.

Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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