A powerful typhoon was expected to make landfall somewhere between the Tokai and Kanto regions by early Friday, the Meteorological Agency said.

Typhoon Mawar affected air and ferry services throughout Thursday. Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways canceled many domestic flights, mainly between Tokyo and western cities.

Passenger ferries between Tokyo and the Izu Islands, as well as those between Nagoya and Tomakomai, Hokkaido, were also canceled.

Japan Railway group companies canceled some train services to and from the Izu Peninsula, Shizuoka Prefecture, and the Kii Peninsula in Wakayama Prefecture, and scrubbed 27 night trains Thursday.

The typhoon was located about 90 km southwest of Irozaki, Shizuoka Prefecture, as of 7 p.m. Thursday and was heading northeast at 20 kph, the agency said.

About 20 mm of rain fell per hour in areas of the Kii and Izu peninsulas Thursday morning, and a maximum wind velocity of about 112 kph was registered in Shionomisaki, Wakayama Prefecture.

The typhoon is expected to bring strong winds, high waves and torrential rain to wide areas of the Tokai, Kanto and Koshin regions.

The typhoon had an atmospheric pressure of 955 hectopascals and was packing winds of up to 144 kph near its center. It was generating winds of more than 90 kph within a 90-km radius of its eye.

The typhoon was expected to be within a 190-km radius centered on a point 60 km east of the city of Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, by 6 p.m. Friday, and is expected to become an extratropical depression in the Pacific east of Hokkaido Sunday morning.

The storm is expected to bring heavy rain in the 24 hours to noon Friday, with the Tokai, Kanto and Koshin regions expected to see up to 350 mm and the Tohoku region expected to receive 250 mm.

In some areas, 40 mm to 60 mm of rain is forecast per hour.

In coastal areas from the Tokai to Kanto regions, waves of more than 6 meters are expected.

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