Typhoon Trami has hit Okinawa Prefecture and the Amami Islands in Kagoshima Prefecture, southern Japan, and could affect other parts of the country through Monday. Please click on the image to watch our meteorologist explain more.
The Meteorological Agency says that at 5 PM on Saturday, the very strong storm was about 80 kilometers north of Naha City in Okinawa, moving north-northeast at a speed of 25 kilometers per hour.
It has a central atmospheric pressure of 950 hectopascals and is packing winds of up to 162 kilometers per hour near its center.
In some parts of Okinawa on Saturday, the maximum instantaneous wind speed topped 180 kilometers per hour.
Weather officials forecast up to 400 millimeters of rain for Amami, and up to 250 millimeters of rain for Okinawa in the 24 hours through Sunday noon.
Trami is predicted to head northeast as it gains speed. It will come very close to western parts of Japan’s main islands on Sunday and could make landfall. The storm is later expected to travel through eastern and northern Japan.
Weather officials are calling on people across Japan to stay alert through Monday for heavy rain, strong winds and rough seas.