Weather officials warn of strong winds, heavy rain, high waves in northern Japan

A developing low-pressure system to the east of Japan is bringing typhoon-level winds and high waves to northern Japan on Friday.

The Meteorological Agency is also warning of heavy rain in the region, as atmospheric conditions will become extremely unstable due to cold air flowing into the area.

Agency officials forecast the stormy weather will continue in northern Japan, as the low-pressure system is expected to develop further as it moves northward.

Winds of up to 90 kilometers per hour are expected in Hokkaido and 83 kilometers per hour in Tohoku on Friday. Gusts will reach 126 kilometers per hour.

Waves could be as high as 7 meters off Hokkaido and 6 meters off Tohoku.

The officials forecast that in some areas, the precipitation for 24 hours through Saturday morning will reach 120 millimeters in Hokkaido and 80 millimeters in Tohoku.

They are warning of mudslides, flooding in low-lying areas and swollen rivers in addition to strong winds and high waves. They are also urging caution for lightning strikes, gusting winds, tornadoes and hailstorms.