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Powerful typhoon directly hits Pacific side of Tohoku region for first time on record

Sea water surges to almost the same level as the pier at Onagawa Port in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, as Typhoon Lionrock approaches the Tohoku region on Aug. 30, 2016. (Mainichi)

Large and powerful Typhoon Lionrock reached an area around the Iwate Prefecture city of Ofunato at around 6 p.m. on Aug. 30, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.

This is the first time that a typhoon has directly hit the Pacific Ocean side of the Tohoku region in northeastern Honshu since the JMA began compiling statistics on typhoons in 1951.

The typhoon, this year's 10th, will likely speed up before passing into the Sea of Japan late on Aug. 30.

As of 5 p.m. on Aug. 30, the typhoon's central pressure was 965 hectopascals, with wind speed near its center up to 35 meters per second and maximum instantaneous wind speed at 50 meters per second.

The powerful typhoon has wreaked havoc on transport systems in some regions. Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways cancelled 60 and 37 flights, respectively. A total of 51 bullet train services were cancelled either completely or partially on the Hokkaido, Tohoku and Akita Shinkansen lines.

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