Powerful Typhoon Lionrock is approaching Fukushima Prefecture as of noon on Aug. 30, and is expected to strike Iwate Prefecture or Miyagi Prefecture by the evening, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has announced.
The typhoon, this year's 10th, is expected to pass over the northern Tohoku region and into the Sea of Japan on Aug. 31.
Over the 24-hour period up to 6 a.m. on Aug. 31, the typhoon is feared to bring up to 350 millimeters of rain to some parts of the Tohoku region, according to the JMA.
Municipalities in Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima and other prefectures have issued evacuation preparation advisories and set up shelters as the typhoon approaches. In some areas including the Iwate Prefecture city of Kamaishi, local residents have fled their homes voluntarily and are taking shelter.
The typhoon has wreaked havoc on transport systems in some regions. Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways cancelled 59 and 37 flights, respectively. A total of 42 bullet train services were cancelled either completely or partially on the Hokkaido, Tohoku and Akita Shinkansen lines.