Japan on Wednesday warned of the expected arrival of Super Typhoon Hagibis in the archipelago over the next few days, which will lead very strong winds, torrential rain and rough seas.
The storm, which was tracking near the Ogasawara islands is forecast to continue moving toward Honshu, weakening only slightly before a possible landfall on Saturday night or early Sunday morning.
The exact path remains unclear, and turns to the west toward central Japan or the east toward the sea are among the possibilities, the Met said.
Hagibis has drawn the attention of experts from around the world for its rapid intensification.
According to the Meteorological Agency, the central pressure of the typhoon fell by 77 hectopascals over the previous 24 hours. The pressure was forecast to fall further to 905 hectopascals by Wednesday evening, according to the agency.
Meteorologist Robert Speta, an expert on typhoons who now works for the US Navy in Florida, said the storm went through “explosive intensification.”
The waves were expected to increase significantly in height throughout the Pacific coast of the country from Friday, and that from Saturday there will be torrential rains in the south, west and center, including the Greater Tokyo Area, as the typhoon advances north.
(With agency inputs)