Photo/IllutrationApproaching Typhoon No. 13 makes its presence felt as pedestrians walk in front of JR Tokyo Station shortly after 9 a.m. on Aug. 8. (Takayuki Kakuno)

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Powerful Typhoon No. 13, bringing howling winds and heavy rain, was heading northward toward the coast of the Boso Peninsula in Chiba Prefecture close to Tokyo on Aug. 8.

Residents in affected areas were bracing for disruptions in rail and air services.

The typhoon could make landfall in the Kanto or Tohoku regions between late Aug. 8 and the afternoon of Aug. 9, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The agency is urging residents to be on the alert for possible landslides and flooding due to the anticipated deluge brought by the slow-moving typhoon, and recommended early evacuation if circumstances warrant it.

Depending on its path, the typhoon could wreak transportation havoc in the Tokyo metropolitan area during the evening commute Aug. 8 and the following morning, officials said.

As of 3 p.m. on Aug. 8, the typhoon was about 180 kilometers south-southeast of Katsuura, Chiba Prefecture, moving north-northwest at a speed of 15 kph.

The atmospheric pressure at the center was 970 hectopascals with a peak wind velocity of 126 kph.

The storm was generating maximum wind gusts of 180 kph.

The typhoon is expected to head north from the Kanto region to the Pacific coast of the Tohoku region through Aug. 9.

It is forecast to dump massive amounts of rain in the Kanto and Koshin regions from late Aug. 8 through the early evening of Aug. 9.

Strong winds are forecast until past noon on Aug. 9.

The southern Kanto region is bracing for 300 millimeters of rainfall during the 24 hours through 6 a.m. on Aug. 9. The figures for northern Kanto and the Pacific coast of southern Tohoku are 250 mm and 200 mm, respectively.

Maximum wind speeds of 90 kph were forecast until Aug. 9 in the Kanto and Koshin regions, 82.8 kph in the Pacific coast of southern Tohoku and 46.8 kph in northern Tohoku.

Waters off the Kanto and Tohoku regions are expected to produce violent swells through Aug. 9.