Typhoon Mitag Approaches Sakishima Islands

Typhoon Mitag approaches Sakishima Islands

Weather officials in Japan are warning of violent winds and rough seas as Typhoon Mitag is expected to come close to the Sakishima Islands in the southern prefecture of Okinawa on Monday night.

The Japan Meteorological Agency says that as of noon on Monday, Mitag was moving northwest over waters south of Okinawa's Yonaguni Island at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour.

It had an atmospheric pressure of 975 hectopascals at its center, and was packing winds of up to 126 kilometers per hour, with gusts of up to 180 kilometers per hour.

Mitag is expected to gain strength as it approaches the Sakishima Islands.

A maximum wind speed of 144 kilometers an hour is expected in the Yaeyama Islands, with gusts of up to 198 kilometers per hour.

Waves as high as 10 meters could hit the islands.

Weather officials are warning of flooding and storm surges, as well as violent winds and high waves. They are also urging residents of the Yaeyama Islands to avoid going outdoors unless absolutely necessary.