Typhoon off southern Japan, heavy rain Anticipated Nationally

TOKYO — A slow-moving typhoon away from Japan’s southern shore has triggered gusts and rain throughout a big portion of the nation and may bring heavy rains to the Tokyo area through early next week, even although it wasn’t predicted to make landfall, officials said Friday.

Disaster officials, however, encouraged citizens to take precautions prematurely.

Typhoon Chan-Hom was southwest of Japan’s Shikoku island Friday day with maximum winds of 126 km (78 miles) per hour, the Meteorological Agency said.

The bureau said Chan-hom chose a path further from the Japanese shore than anticipated and wasn’t expected to make landfall.

Disaster management ministry Hachiro Okonogi urged citizens to prepare early to get waves and potential flooding in the storm and prevent non-essential outings.

Dozens of weekend national flights in southwestern Japan have been also canceled.