Weather officials are urging people to promptly follow evacuation orders and advisories as a strong typhoon is approaching Japan's main island of Honshu.
The Meteorological Agency says Typhoon Jongdari could make landfall on Honshu by early Sunday.
The agency's chief forecaster, Ryuta Kurora, told a news conference on Friday that heavy rain is forecast through Sunday in wide parts of Honshu. He says the rainfall could reach 80 millimeters per hour or more in some areas.
Kurora is calling for the utmost caution against landslides, flooding of low-lying areas and rivers bursting their banks, as well as strong gusts and high waves. He says residents should pay close attention to updated forecasts.