Tokyo braced Monday for the approach of Typhoon Mindulle, with the tropical storm gaining in intensity and projected to make landfall near Japans capital around noon.
The typhoon was located about 190 kilometers (118 miles) south of Tokyo as of 8 a.m. local time and heading north, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. With maximum sustained winds of 126 kilometers per hour (78 mph) and a maximum wind gust speed of 180 kilometers per hour, Mindulle is the equivalent of a category 1 hurricane, the weakest on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale.
The weather agency issued heavy rain and flood warnings for all 23 wards of central Tokyo, while the Prime Ministers Office warned of possible landslides and damage from strong waves. Japan Airlines Co. canceled 145 domestic flights, affecting about 27,000 passengers, while ANA Holdings Inc. scrubbed 96 flights, according to statements from the airlines.
Trains were also affected, with Odakyu Electric Railway Co. set to halt routes between Tokyo and popular tourist destination Hakone, and bullet train services likely to be affected by the storm, public broadcaster NHK reported.
Mindulle is the ninth typhoon of the season. Two other storms are hovering around the Japanese archipelago, with the tenth, Lionrock, tracking towards Okinawa and the eleventh having weakened to an extratropical cyclone after passing over the northern island of Hokkaido Sunday night.