Extreme weather warning issued as typhoon approaches Japan

Palm trees sway from strong winds on the island of Jeju South Korea on Sept 22 2019 as Typhoon Tapah approaches the country

Palm trees sway from strong winds on the island of Jeju South Korea on Sept 22 2019 as Typhoon Tapah approaches the country

A powerful typhoon continued to travel northeast across the East China Sea on Sunday, with Japan's weather agency warning of strong winds, high waves and landslides triggered by heavy rains through Monday in western parts of the country.

Several typhoons a year make landfall on Japan's four main islands and the World Cup is being held in peak typhoon season.

It resulted in a lengthy blackout on the outskirts of Tokyo that left tens of thousands of people without power for more than a week.

"Based on the latest weather information. the typhoon could bring high winds and heavy rain to the southern island of Kyushu on the evening of September 22 and into September 23", the organising committee said in a statement.

Italy play Canada in Fukuoka on September 26 and there are also matches in Oita and Kumamoto, but not until October.

Fanzones in Kumamoto and Fukuoka have also been temporarily closed as a precaution, organisers said, stressing that typhoons "are a normal occurrence in Japan and the vast majority have a minimal impact on daily life".

Tapah, a Malaysian word for a type of giant catfish, will strengthen as it moves northeast and become a Category 1 storm as it approaches closest to Kyushu.

The storm is likely to approach northern Japan from Monday onward.