Typhoon Francisco dumped torrential rain on Shikoku Friday as the Meteorological Agency issued warnings for mudslides and flooding from western to eastern Japan.

The year's 27th typhoon is expected to dump more than 50 mm of rain per hour on Shikoku and southwestern Kyushu through Friday evening before grinding toward the Izu Islands south of Tokyo on Saturday, the agency said.

As of noon Friday, Francisco was packing winds of 108 kph and moving northeast at a speed of 20 kph, with an atmospheric pressure near its center of 965 hectopascals.