TOKYO, July 18 (UPI) -- Japanese authorities warned of high wind and waves and heavy rain as a large typhoon headed for the main islands Monday.
At 6 p.m. local time, Typhoon Ma-on was about 170 miles southeast of Tanegashima island in Kagoshima Prefecture and moving north at 19 mph, the Japan Meteorological Agency told Kyodo News.
The storm is expected to make landfall in western Japan Tuesday and Kyushu, Shikoku and western Honshu are likely to get intense rain into Wednesday.
Fearing typhoon-induced mudslides, the city of Miyakonojo in Miyazaki Prefecture advised 900 people living near Shinmoe Peak, a volcano that erupted earlier this year, to evacuate.
Airlines canceled about 40 flights Monday, mainly to or from Kyushu and Okinawa.