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Typhoon approaches Japan’s mainland


Tokyo – Japanese weather authorities on Tuesday warned of mudslides, high waves and swollen rivers in eastern and central Japan as Typhoon Etau was projected to hit the Tokai and Kinki regions early Wednesday.

The weather authorities said in Tokyo that tens of thousands of residents had been urged to evacuate as a typhoon was bearing down on the mainland.

It noted that the typhoon was bringing strong winds and torrential rains to wide regions of the country.
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The city of Hamamatsu, central Japan, has also issued evacuation instruction to over 73,000 residents, as the typhoon had already brought heavy rain to the area.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said as at 3 p.m., the season’s 18th typhoon was about 460 kilometres west-north-west of the Ogasawara islands, travelling north at 30 kilometres per hour (kph), with maximum sustained winds of 82.8 kph and gusts of 108 kph.

The agency said rainfall of up to 250 millimeters was forecast for the Tokai, Kinki and Kanto regions by Wednesday noon and up to 100 millimetres for the south-western island of Shikoku and north-eastern Japan.(dpa/NAN)

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