Photo/IllutrationPedestrians struggle in the strong winds of Typhoon No. 5 in Miyazaki on Aug. 6. (Motoki Nagasawa)

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Powerful Typhoon No. 5, which has already claimed two lives in Kagoshima Prefecture, is likely to bring heavy rainfall to western Japan, particularly on the Pacific Ocean side, from Aug. 6 through 7.

The Japan Meteorological Agency is urging residents to take precautions against landslides and flooding.

On Aug. 5, a 67-year-old man fell in the strong winds of the typhoon and died in the town of Yakushima on Yakushima island in Kagoshima Prefecture.

In Minami-Tane on Tanegashima island of the same prefecture, an 84-year-old man was found dead in a fishing port.

At least nine other people were injured in the cities of Kagoshima and Hioki, also in the prefecture, and Miyazaki.

As of 1 p.m. on Aug. 6, the typhoon was moving slowly near Tanegashima island in a northeasterly direction. It could make landfall on the southern part of Kyushu island.

The atmospheric pressure at the center of the typhoon was 970 hectopascals. The maximum wind speed near the center was 126 kph, and the maximum momentary wind speed was 180 kph.

The typhoon caused heavy rainfall in Amami-Oshima island of Kagoshima Prefecture and surrounding areas. The amount of rain reached 651 millimeters in the city of Amami on the island and 398 mm in Misato, Miyazaki Prefecture.

The typhoon is expected to bring rainfall of 700 mm in Shikoku island during the 24-hour period until noon on Aug. 7, 500 mm in southern and northern Kyushu, 300 mm in the Tokai region centering on Nagoya and 250 mm in the Kinki region around Osaka.