Typhoon Hagibis could make landfall in eastern Japan on Saturday, bringing gale force winds and heavy rains over a wide area.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said on Thursday morning the large and violent typhoon was near the Ogasawara Islands in the Pacific and moving northward.
Maximum winds of more than 82 kilometers per hour, instantaneous wind velocity of 126 kilometers per hour and 10-meter waves are forecast for the Ogasawara Islands on Thursday.
Maximum wind speed of more than 113 kilometers per hour has already been observed on Chichijima Island.
Storm conditions are expected off the Pacific coast of eastern and western Japan on Friday.
Eastern Japan could have storm surges from Saturday through Sunday, depending on the course of the typhoon.
Meteorological officials say that moist air accompanying the typhoon will make atmospheric conditions unstable from Friday afternoon.
Tokai and Kansai regions could have as much as 200 to 300 millimeters of rain over a 24-hour period through Saturday morning. The Kanto-Koshin region could have 100 to 200 millimeters, Shikoku 100 to 150 millimeters, and Tohoku 50 to 100 millimeters.
More rain is expected in eastern and northern Japan through Sunday.
The agency is urging people to stay updated on the typhoon and be prepared for strong winds and heavy rains over the three-day weekend.