A powerful typhoon approaching Kyushu triggered flash floods and landslides Saturday that killed three people in Saga Prefecture.

Typhoon Shanshan, packing winds of up to 180 kph near its center, could make landfall Sunday, the Meteorological Agency said.

Satoshi Nakasuga, 41, and his daughter, Nozomi, 17, died after their car was hit by a flash flood in Imari, Saga Prefecture, at around 8:20 a.m., police said.

At around 12:30 p.m., Masao Urito, 49, of Karatsu, Saga Prefecture, was hit by a mudslide in Imari. Police found his body later in the day.

As of 6 p.m., the typhoon was about 140 km west of Kumejima Island in Okinawa Prefecture, and was moving northeast at 25 kph, the agency said.

Okinawa Prefecture announced that 29 people were injured due to winds from the typhoon. In Ishigaki, two houses were destroyed by the strong winds, it said.

On Iriomote Island, wind gusts of more than 250 kph were reported early Saturday, the strongest ever recorded there.

The agency forecast that the typhoon would veer eastward and pass near the main island of Okinawa and could make landfall in Kyushu on Sunday afternoon.

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