TOKYO, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- Japan's meteorological authority said Typhoon Hinnamnor may approach Japan's southwestern main island of Kyushu Monday evening, issuing warnings for heavy downpours and urging residents to move to safe areas before the typhoon arrives.
Hinnamnor, the 11th typhoon this year, is expected to approach the northern part of Kyushu Island from Monday night to Tuesday morning, said the Japan Meteorological Agency.
As of 5 p.m. Monday local time, Hinnamnor was moving northeastward at around 25 km per hour over the East China Sea to the west of Kyushu Island, the Japan Meteorological Agency said Monday.
It had an atmospheric pressure of 950 hectopascals at its center and was packing winds of up to 60 meters per second, reported the agency.
The agency called on the public to stay alert to storms, heavy rain and related mudslides and floods, and to reduce non-emergency outings, after upgrading the intensity rating of the typhoon from "strong" to "very strong" on Sunday afternoon.
The western coast of Japan is expected to be hit by high tides and waves, which could lead to water flooding, said the agency, adding that the storm could also bring down power poles and damage building facades.
Hinnamnor may also cause traffic chaos and affect people's lives in Japan. West Japan Railway Corporation and Kyushu Railway Company announced that the typhoon-affected sections of San-yo Shinkansen and Kyushu Shinkansen will be closed or reduced on Tuesday.
Marine traffic from Kagoshima to Yakushima will also be closed, according to local authorities, severely affecting supplies and postal services on the island. ■