A powerful tropical storm continued on its path along the Pacific coast from western to eastern Japan on Saturday, bringing heavy rain and strong winds, the weather agency said.
Tropical Storm Chan-hom, the season's 14th named storm, is expected to weaken and move off the south coast of central Japan by Saturday night, the Meteorological Agency said, but still called on the public to be wary of heavy rain, mudslides, flooding and swollen rivers.
There have been no serious injuries or deaths reported but a woman in her 50s fractured her leg after falling in high winds Friday in Wakayama Prefecture, according to the prefectural government.
The Izu island chain, located approximately 100 kilometers south of Tokyo, could see extremely heavy rainfall from Saturday through Sunday.
In the 24 hours through 6 a.m. Sunday, rainfall of up to 300 millimeters is projected for the Izu islands, up to 150 mm in the Tokai region, and 120 mm for the Kinki and Kanto regions.
Popular tourist destinations, including the city of Atami, saw travelers canceling weekend plans made under the government-subsidized Go To Travel campaign put in place to boost the virus-hit domestic tourism sector.
A hotel operator in Atami said it has seen its customers coming back thanks to the start of the government subsidy program, but the approaching storm has led to canceled bookings.
"It is disappointing … but it can't be helped as the safety of our customers comes first," a hotel official said.
As of 3 p.m. Saturday, the storm was located about 290 km west-southwest of Tokyo's Hachijojima, an island about 300 km south of central Tokyo, and heading east-northeast at a speed of 15 kph. It had an atmospheric pressure of 985 hectopascals at its center and was packing winds of up to 144 kph, according to the agency.