“The wind speed increased by 100 mph in only 24 hours,” said CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller. “Which is nearly three times what is needed to be considered rapid intensification.”
The super typhoon is near the Northern Mariana Islands with sustained winds of 160 mph — the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane.
Forecast near Japan as a strong typhoon Saturday
“Conditions in Japan will deteriorate through the day with the worst moving through central Japan late Saturday into Sunday local time,” said CNN meteorologist Monica Garrett.
Rainfall of over 250 mm (nearly 10 inches) is possible for some locations in south-central Japan.
Hagibis is still five days away from impacting Japan.
The Joint Typhoon Warning Center has low confidence in its forecast on Friday and Saturday, so this powerful and dangerous super typhoon needs to be watched closely in the coming days.