Tropical Storm Hagibis forecast to intensify into super typhoon, could threaten parts of Japan

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Tropical Storm Hagibis is being forecast to intensify into a super typhoon that could threaten parts of Japan by the end of the week, according to reports.

Hagibis is set to hit the Northern Mariana Islands as a typhoon Monday into Tuesday before turning into a super typhoon.

Okinawa and the Ryukyu Islands are said to be in the storm’s path as it gains strength in the Western Pacific Ocean.

Rota, Tinian, Saipan, Alamagan, Pagan and Agrihan Islands in the Northern Marianas have been issued tropical storm warnings by the National Weather Service while Tinian, Saipan, Alamagan and Pagan are under a typhoon watch.

Wind, heavy rain, battering surf and coastal flooding will hit those areas, while heavy rains could bring flash flooding to some locales according to the service.

The service is telling people on the Ryukyu Islands, including Okinawa, to the main islands of Japan to monitor the forecast closely as the week progresses.

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