Typhoon Neoguri slammed into Kyushu early Thursday after lashing the Okinawa island chain, with three people killed as powerful winds and torrential rains battered the country.
“It landed near the city of Akune shortly before 7 a.m.,” an official at the Meteorological Agency said.
Akune sits on the western coast of Kyushu.
The typhoon’s winds slowed somewhat overnight, with the storm packing gusts of up to 126 kph as it moved east at 25 kph.
The system is forecast to move farther along the Japanese archipelago later in the week after crossing Kyushu.
The government was set to hold a disaster-management meeting Thursday morning to discuss how to best cope with the storm.
Officials said Neoguri would bring torrential rain and warned of the risk of flooding and landslides, after the storm forced local authorities to advise half a million people to seek shelter in Okinawa earlier in the week.
As the typhoon was bearing down on the archipelago, round-the-clock television footage pinpointed its latest location and helmet-clad reporters surveyed the damage left by the powerful storm.
Areas outside the typhoon’s immediate path were also lashed with heavy rain, with a landslide in Nagano Prefecture swallowing a house and killing a 12-year-old boy who was inside, according to NHK.
On Tuesday, the storm claimed the life of a 62-year-old man knocked off his boat in rough waters in Kochi Prefecture, according to authorities, while NHK said an 81-year-old fisherman died in Kumamoto Prefecture.