Planning a trip this weekend? Well, you must consider the weather situation first as a super typhoon will hit Japan over this weekend.

Typhoon 19 also called Super Typhoon Hagibis is classified as “violent” (the JMA’s 「Japan Meteorological Agency」 highest classification), with gustiness as strong as 270 kilometers (168-miles) per hour. It is forecast to weaken before it nears Japan but will still be “very strong”. [1]

The storm, which tracked near the Ogasawara islands through Wednesday, is forecast to continue moving toward Honshu, weakening only slightly before a possible landfall on Saturday night or early Sunday morning. [2]

Whether it makes landfall or curves out to sea, it could still be ranked by the agency as “very strong” — the second-highest rating — as it approaches Japan this weekend. That would put it on par in terms of landfall-intensity with last year’s Typhoon Jebi, which hit the Kansai region, and Faxai, which caused widespread damage in the Kanto area in September. If the storm makes landfall, it could have a central pressure of 950 hectopascals and sustained winds of 144 kph, forecasts show.

JR EAST MAY SUSPEND TRAIN OPERATIONS IN ADVANCE

JR East may implement planned suspension of trains in the Tokyo metropolitan region on October 12th and/or 13th if the current typhoon forecast holds. Typhoon 19 (Super Typhoon Hagibis) is forecast to slam into Tokyo and Yokohama, bringing extremely heavy wind and rain this weekend. We will update this information as it becomes available.

The Mainichi newspaper reports that JR East may suspend trains as a precautionary measure based on its experience handling resumption of operations following Typhoon 15, when suspensions and delays affected about 2.27 million commuters in the Tokyo metro region, including 14,000 stranded at Narita Airport. Typhoon 15 (Typhoon Faxai) made landfall near the city of Chiba on September 9th, killed at least three people and injured 50. It was one of the strongest storms ever recorded in the Kanto region. [3]

This map from the Meteorological Agency shows the projected course of Typhoon No. 19, which is likely to hit Japan on Saturday or Sunday. | JAPAN METEOROLOGICAL AGENCY