Typhoon Likely To Near Okinawa Saturday

Typhoon likely to near Okinawa Saturday

A large and very strong typhoon is forecast to come very close to western parts of Japan's main island of Honshu on Sunday. Weather officials are warning of strong wind gusts, high waves and heavy rains.

The Meteorological Agency says Typhoon Trami was about 500 kilometers southeast of Miyako Island as of 3 PM on Thursday. It was slowly moving northwest.

It had a central atmospheric pressure of 955 hectopascals and was packing winds of 162 kilometers per hour near its center.

The agency says the typhoon will retain its power, head north, and approach Okinawa Prefecture and the Amami region of Kagoshima Prefecture around Saturday.
Trami is then expected to change its course to the northeast and come very close to western areas of Honshu Island.

After that, the storm may move toward eastern and northern Japan.

Agency officials are calling on people to stay updated with the latest information.