Chinese authorities are warning residents along the country's eastern coast to prepare for sustained torrential rains and strong winds as one of the strongest typhoons in recent years approaches.
Typhoon Muifa is forecast to hit China's eastern coast in Zhejiang province, south of Shanghai, late Saturday or early Sunday, forecasters told the state-run news agency Xinhua.
Rainfall from Muifa will cover a million square kilometers (386,000 square miles) as the typhoon lingers for up to 11 days, Lou Maoyuan, deputy chief of the Zhejiang Provincial Meteorological Station, told Xinhua.
Waves from Muifa could reach 40 feet (12 meters) in the East China Sea and almost 15 feet (4.5 meters) along the coast near Shanghai and Zhejiang, forecasters told Xinhua. Authorities called more than 9,000 vessels back to harbors, the news agency reported.
Meanwhile, Muifa was raking the Japanese island of Okinawa on Friday, Stars and Stripes reported. Almost 18 inches of rain had fallen on the island in 24 hours, and wind gusts of almost 100 mph were recorded at the U.S. Air Force's Kadena Air Base.
Japanese broadcaster NHK reported 30 injuries from the storm on Okinawa.