Mindulle likely to near Izu Islands on Friday

Typhoon Mindulle is forecast to bring strong winds and heavy rainfall to the Pacific coast of the northern and eastern parts of Japan on Friday.

The Meteorological Agency says the typhoon was over the sea south of the country as of 9 a.m. Wednesday and moving at a speed of 15 kilometers per hour.

The central atmospheric pressure is 935 hectopascals.

Winds of up to 180 kilometers per hour are blowing near the center. The maximum instantaneous wind velocity is 252 kilometers per hour.

Winds of more than 90 kilometers per hour are blowing within a 185-kilometer radius from the center.

Seas off the remote island region of Daitojima in Okinawa Prefecture are extremely rough.

The typhoon is likely to remain very powerful and come close to the Izu Islands on Friday.

Stormy conditions are likely to intensify from Thursday. Violent winds are expected on the islands and very strong winds in Tokai and Kanto regions on Friday.

Weather officials are also warning of heavy rainfall. Up to 300 millimeters of rain is forecast for the islands during the 24-hour period until Friday noon, and up to 150 millimeters for Kanto Koshin and Tokai regions.

The Meteorological Agency is urging people to keep updated with the latest information.