Typhoon Mindulle is expected to approach the Izu Islands

Mighty Typhoon Mindulle is expected to approach the Izu Islands of Tokyo in the Pacific on Friday. Weather officials warn of high winds over the islands, as well as in large areas of central to northeastern Japan.

The Japanese meteorological agency said the typhoon was moving north-northeast over the sea south of the Japanese archipelago at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour at 3 a.m. on Thursday.

It has a central atmospheric pressure of 935 hectopascals and winds of up to 180 kilometers per hour near its center, with gusts of up to about 250 kilometers per hour. Winds of over 90 kilometers per hour blow within 220 kilometers of its center.

Winds are getting stronger in the Daitojima area east of Okinawa Prefecture.

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

Outdoor activities will be dangerous, especially on the Izu Islands and coastal areas of the Kanto region, as strong winds could overturn trucks and take away traffic signs.

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

Rains are expected to intensify over the Izu Islands from Thursday evening. Heavy rains can also fall on the Pacific side of eastern and northern Japan.

People are advised to prepare for possible disasters and confirm an escape route before the storm approaches.


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