Japan is bracing for a super typhoon on track to hit central and eastern regions over the three-day weekend with potential damage from torrential rains and strong winds.

Typhoon Hagibis has already caused cancellations of two Rugby World Cup matches that were to be played Saturday. Organizers canceled the England-France match planned in Yokohama, near Tokyo, and New Zealand-Italy game in Toyoda, in central Japan.

Organizers also canceled a marathon in Sendai and other northern coastal towns, and Formula One auto racing in Suzuka in central Japan may also be affected.

This Oct. 8, 2019, photo shows the sheet-covered roofs of the houses damaged by typhoon Faxai in Tateyama, near Tokyo.  Japan's weather agency is warning a powerful typhoon may bring torrential rains to central Japan over the weekend. (Kyodo News via AP)
This Oct. 8, 2019, photo shows the sheet-covered roofs of the houses damaged by typhoon Faxai in Tateyama, near Tokyo. Japan’s weather agency is warning a powerful typhoon may bring torrential rains to central Japan over the weekend. (Kyodo News via AP)

Hagibis, which means speed in Filipino, had maximum sustained winds of up to 270 kilometers (168 miles) and stronger gusts at noon Thursday near Chichi island in the Pacific, about 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) off Tokyo’s southern coast. It was moving north at the speed of 20 kph (12 mph) and is expected to weaken over cooler waters as it nears Japan’s main island.

It’s the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane.

The Japan Meteorological Agency says the typhoon is forecast to hit ashore in the Tokyo area late Saturday and urged people to take precautions to avoid potentially life-threatening danger. Japan’s central Pacific coast may see torrential rains beginning Friday while high waves and tides may cause flooding.

This Oct. 9, 2019, photo shows the sheet-covered roofs of the houses damaged by typhoon Faxai in Kyonan, near Tokyo.  Japan's weather agency is warning a powerful typhoon may bring torrential rains to central Japan over the weekend. (Kyodo News via AP)
This Oct. 9, 2019, photo shows the sheet-covered roofs of the houses damaged by typhoon Faxai in Kyonan, near Tokyo. Japan’s weather agency is warning a powerful typhoon may bring torrential rains to central Japan over the weekend. (Kyodo News via AP)

Airlines and train services anticipate cancellations affecting holidaymakers traveling over the three-day weekend that includes Sports Day holiday on Monday.

The approaching typhoon is spreading fear especially in Chiba, near Tokyo, which was hit by Typhoon Faxai last month and many residents are still recovering from damage to their homes. The typhoon tore many electrical poles and snapped cables, triggering extensive outages that lasted for weeks, contributing to heat illnesses and other health problems among elderly people.

East Japan Railway Co. said it may suspend services on most local lines and bullet trains around Tokyo before the typhoon arrives.

A satellite photo of typhoon Hagibis is seen during a press briefing on update relating to the anticipated impact of Typhoon Hagibis on the final round Rugby World Cup 2019 pool matches this weekend Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
A satellite photo of typhoon Hagibis is seen during a press briefing on update relating to the anticipated impact of Typhoon Hagibis on the final round Rugby World Cup 2019 pool matches this weekend Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways said they may ground flights as early as Friday depending on the typhoon’s movement.

Japan is regularly hit by Pacific storms, including Faxai in September. Typhoon Jebi flooded a terminal and a runway at Kansai International Airport last year.

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This Oct. 9, 2019, satellite photo taken by NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite shows typhoon Hagibis approaching Japan, top.  Japan’s weather agency is warning a powerful typhoon may bring torrential rains to central Japan over the weekend. (NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) via AP)
This Oct. 9, 2019, satellite photo taken by NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite shows typhoon Hagibis approaching Japan, top. Japan’s weather agency is warning a powerful typhoon may bring torrential rains to central Japan over the weekend. (NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) via AP)
This Oct. 8, 2019, satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows Typhoon Hagibis over Guam and Northern Mariana Islands. Japan’s weather agency is warning a powerful typhoon may bring torrential rains to central Japan over the weekend. (NOAA via AP)
This Oct. 8, 2019, satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows Typhoon Hagibis over Guam and Northern Mariana Islands. Japan’s weather agency is warning a powerful typhoon may bring torrential rains to central Japan over the weekend. (NOAA via AP)
In this Sept. 28, 2019, file photo, a sea of people arrive at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa for the Rugby World Cup Pool A game between Japan and Ireland in Shizuoka, Japan. Rugby World Cup organizers have had to cancel two games scheduled for Saturday because of concerns over the anticipated impact of Typhoon Hagibis.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
In this Sept. 28, 2019, file photo, a sea of people arrive at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa for the Rugby World Cup Pool A game between Japan and Ireland in Shizuoka, Japan. Rugby World Cup organizers have had to cancel two games scheduled for Saturday because of concerns over the anticipated impact of Typhoon Hagibis.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)