A powerful typhoon bringing heavy rain and strong winds slammed into Japan's Pacific Coast Tuesday, the weather agency said, as flights were cancelled and evacuations ordered.
It was moving northeast at 40 miles per hour.
"The typhoon's force may not gain any more but we think the wind and rain will get stronger. It is picking up speed," an official at the agency said.
The typhoon, named Guchol -- meaning "turmeric" in a Micronesian language, -- packing winds of up to 112 miles per hour, was projected to move over Honshu, including Tokyo, overnight and go out into the Pacific again Wednesday morning, the agency said.
Airlines have cancelled around 200 domestic flights so far because of the strong winds, public broadcaster NHK said.
We will continue to monitor Typhoon Guchol and will issue updated messages as appropriate.
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