Typhoon Muifa continues to pound Japan's Okinawa

Stormy conditions are expected to continue in areas around Ishigaki and Miyako islands in Japan's southern prefecture of Okinawa, as the region is within the storm zone of a powerful typhoon.

Weather officials say Typhoon Muifa was 120 kilometers north of Ishigaki Island as of 7 a.m. on Tuesday. The storm is slowly moving north-northeast.

The typhoon is packing winds of up to 144 kilometers per hour near its center, with peak gusts reaching 198 kilometers per hour.

A gust of more than 125 kilometers per hour was observed on Iriomote Island at around 2 a.m. on Tuesday.

The Ishigaki and Miyako islands regions are expected to remain within the storm zone until early Tuesday afternoon, as the storm retains its strength and moves slowly northward.

Gusts of up to 126 kilometers per hour are forecast for the Yaeyama region including Ishigaki Island throughout the day.

Seas around the Ishigaki and Miyako islands will remain very rough until early Wednesday, with waves expected to reach a height of 10 meters.

Up to 30 millimeters of rainfall per hour is expected in the Ishigaki island region on Tuesday.

In the 24 hours through 6 a.m. on Wednesday, up to 100 millimeters of rain is expected in the Ishigaki island region.
Officials are urging residents to stay alert for landslides, floods in low-lying areas and swollen rivers.