An extremely dangerous storm in the Pacific Northwest exploded early Monday morning, rising from a tropical storm to a 160 mph super-typhoon in less than a day as forecasters warned that the storm could hit Japan by the weekend to meet.
According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, super typhoon Hagibis will be located about 400 miles north-northwest of Guam starting Wednesday, moving northwest at 21 miles per hour. The storm has maximum sustained winds of 155 mph, with gusts up to 189 mph, according to forecasts.
"Hagibis is expected to maintain this intensity until Wednesday and then begin a gradual weakening trend," said the National Meteorological Service. 1
President Donald Trump declared an emergency for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and ordered the US government to help local authorities respond to a typhoon. The President's statement authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate disaster relief.
The storm increased rapidly over the weekend, growing from the tropical storm to the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic in less than a year's time.
Phil Klotzbach, a hurricane researcher at Colorado State University, said on Twitter that Hagibis had increased by 150 km / h in just 18 hours.
"This is the strongest reinforcement of a tropical cyclone in the western North Pacific for 18 hours in Yates. In 1996, the intensity was increased by 90 miles per hour in 18 hours," stated Klotzbach .
At its peak with wind speeds of 160 mph, Hagibis was also the fourth Category 5 hurricane or typhoon in the Northern Hemisphere this week. According to Klotzbach, the other three storms were hurricanes Dorian and Lorenzo in the Atlantic and Super Typhoon Wutip in the western North Pacific.
The JTWC said that Hagibis is likely to make a northward turn towards Japan and possibly make a brush near Tokyo by the weekend, heading for northern Japan from Saturday to Sunday, the Japanese broadcaster NHK reported.
According to the Japan Times, the storm is expected to bring heavy rain to the region by Saturday.
CLICK HERE FOR THE NEW FOXBUSINESS.COM  The storm's potential arrival is due to two high-profile sporting events taking place this weekend in Japan. The rugby world cup has six scheduled matches on Saturday and Sunday when the worst storm is forecasted.
All canceled World Cup matches due to the weather are rated as a goalless draw, according to the BBC News.
The Japanese Grand Prix also takes place on Sunday afternoon in Suzuka.
Associated Press has contributed to this report.