TOKYO -- Typhoon Mitag is set to hammer areas of western Japan with heavy rain Oct. 2-3 as the storm heads north into the Sea of Japan, the national weather agency stated on Oct. 1.
According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the 18th typhoon of the year is currently over the East China Sea heading north toward the Korean Peninsula and the Sea of Japan, and will bring heavy rain to the Sakishima Islands north of the Okinawa main island through the late morning of Oct. 2, creating landslide risks.
The JMA predicts the northern area of Kyushu will see 120 millimeters of rain in the 24 hour period up to 6 p.m. on Oct. 2, while the Shikoku region will get 100 millimeters of precipitation. The storm is projected to dump another 200 to 300 millimeters of rain on Shikoku in the following 24 hour period, ending at 6 p.m. on Oct. 3. The northern Kyushu area will likely see continued rainfall of 100 to 150 millimeters.
The weather agency is warning local residents to be careful of heavy downpours and lightning strikes.
As of 3 p.m. on Oct. 1, Typhoon Mitag's core atmospheric pressure was 980 hectopascals. The storm was packing instantaneous wind speeds of up to 162 kilometers per hour near its center, and maximum sustained wind speeds of 108 kph. Violent winds of at least 90 kph were recorded 110 kilometers from the typhoon's eye.
Mitag was heading north at about 20 kilometers per hour. It is projected to enter the Sea of Japan on the afternoon of Oct. 3 and weaken to a tropical depression.