Photo/IllutrationTyphoon No. 18 hits Miyakojima island in Okinawa Prefecture on Sept. 13. (The Asahi Shimbun)

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Powerful typhoon No. 18 is expected to make landfall around Kyushu on Sept. 17 and move across the Japanese archipelago over the three-day weekend, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The typhoon on the morning of Sept. 15 was moving slowly in the East China Sea and was expected to approach Kyushu on Sept. 16.

After making landfall, the typhoon will likely continue on a northeast route and reach the Kanto region on the afternoon of Sept. 17.

The typhoon had a central pressure of 935 hectopascals as of noon of Sept. 15, with a maximum wind speed near its eye of 180 kph and a maximum wind gust speed of 252 kph.

According to forecaster Weathernews Inc., heavy rain and strong winds are expected in the Kyushu, Kinki and Tokai regions from the afternoon of Sept. 16 through the night of Sept. 17. Stormy conditions will likely hit the Kanto region from the morning of Sept. 17 through the morning of Sept. 18.

The Hokuriku and southern Tohoku regions can expect inclement weather from the afternoon of Sept. 17 through the morning of Sept. 18, with similar conditions in the northern Tohoku region and Hokkaido from the night of Sept. 17 through the afternoon of Sept. 18.