Typhoon Mindulle expected to approach Izu Islands

Powerful Typhoon Mindulle is expected to approach Tokyo's Izu Islands in the Pacific on Friday. Weather officials are warning of violent winds on the islands, as well as in wide areas of central to northeastern Japan.

Japan's Meteorological Agency says the typhoon was traveling north-northeast over the sea south of the Japanese archipelago at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour as of 3 a.m. Thursday.

It has a central atmospheric pressure of 935 hectopascals and is packing winds of up to 180 kilometers per hour near its center, with gusts up to around 250 kilometers per hour. Winds of more than 90 kilometers per hour are blowing within 220 kilometers of its center.

Winds are becoming stronger in the Daitojima region east of Okinawa Prefecture.

Winds of up to 90 kilometers per hour and gusts up to 126 kilometers per hour are expected on the Izu Islands on Thursday. Violent winds are also forecast for the islands and the Kanto, Tohoku and Tokai regions on Friday.

Outdoor activity will be dangerous especially on the Izu Islands and in coastal areas of the Kanto region as strong winds could topple trucks and blow away signboards.

Waves of 11 meters are forecast off the Izu Islands on Friday. Waves of 8 meters are expected off the Tokai and Kanto regions and the Ogasawara Islands.

Rain is expected to intensify on the Izu Islands from Thursday night. Heavy rain may also fall on the Pacific side of eastern and northern Japan.

People are advised to be prepared for possible disasters and confirm a means of evacuation before the storm approaches.