Typhoon Mindulle expected to come near Izu Islands

Powerful Typhoon Mindulle is expected to approach Tokyo's Izu Islands in the Pacific as early as dawn on Friday. Weather officials are warning of stormy weather on the islands, as well as violent winds and heavy rains across 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 15 kilometers per hour as of 9 a.m. Thursday.

It has a central atmospheric pressure of 940 hectopascals and is packing winds of up to 162 kilometers per hour near its center, with gusts up to 234 kilometers per hour. Winds of more than 90 kilometers per hour are blowing within 220 kilometers of its center.

Winds are becoming stronger on the Ogasawara Islands.

Winds of up to 126 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 180 kilometers per hour are expected on the Izu Islands on Friday.

Weather officials are calling on people to refrain from going out, as strong winds could cause damage such as toppling utility poles.

Strong winds are also forecast, especially for the coastal areas of the Kanto, Tohoku and Tokai regions. People in those areas are urged to stay updated with the latest information, as traffic disruptions could occur.

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

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

In the 24 hours through Friday morning, up to 200 millimeters of rain is expected on the Izu Islands, up to 100 millimeters in Tokai, and up to 80 millimeters in Kanto.

On the Izu Islands, 300 to 400 millimeters of rain may fall in the two days through Saturday. That's equivalent to the monthly average of rainfall for September and October.

People are advised to be prepared for possible disasters and make sure how they can evacuate before the storm approaches.