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Typhoon Leepi likely to hit Kyushu early on Aug. 15: JMA

The forecasted path of Typhoon Leepi is shown as of 4 p.m. on Aug. 14, 2018, Japan time. (Image from the Japan Meteorological Agency website)

TOKYO -- Typhoon Leepi is set to strike the southern Japan island of Kyushu in the early hours of Aug. 15, bringing high winds and heavy rain, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

The agency has issued high wind and wave warnings for northern and southern Kyushu, and landslide warnings for parts of the region due to expected heavy rain. It is also cautioning residents to beware of flooding and high river levels, as well as lightning strikes and tornadoes produced by the strong winds.

In the 24-hour period ending at 6 p.m. on Aug. 15, up to 250 millimeters of rain is expected in southern Kyushu and the Shikoku region in western Japan, while 150 millimeters is forecast for northern Kyushu.

The typhoon, the 15th of the season, was about 470 kilometers south of the Kii peninsula as of 5:10 p.m. on Aug. 14, traveling northwest at about 25 kilometers per hour. The maximum wind speed near Leepi's center was 25 meters per second, and the storm was packing maximum gusts of 35 meters per second. The typhoon's central atmospheric pressure was 994 hectopascals.

Meanwhile, lighting and heavy showers are forecast for northern Japan, especially the Sea of Japan side of the Tohoku region, from Aug. 15 to 16. Some 200 to 300 millimeters of rain is expected for the Tohoku area in the 24 hours ending at 6 p.m. on Aug. 15, while 100 to 150 millimeters is forecast for Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost main island, and the Hokuriku region on the Sea of Japan. The JMA is calling on residents to beware of strong winds and lighting strikes, as well as landslides, flooding in low-lying areas, and rising river levels.


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