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Typhoon hits southwest Japan

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A typhoon made landfall in southwestern Japan on Wednesday and moved northward, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

As of 6 a.m., Typhoon Leepi was around Kurume, Fukuoka Prefecture, traveling north-northwest at a speed of 30 kilometers per hour with an atmospheric pressure of 1,000 hectopascals at its center. It was packing gusts of up to 108 kph, according to the agency.

The typhoon, which made landfall in Hyuga, Miyazaki Prefecture, around 3 a.m., moved through the Kyushu main island area, with the agency warning of heavy rain and high waves in the region and around Shikoku, the smallest of Japan's major islands.

In the 24-hour period through early Thursday, 200 millimeters of rain is expected in Shikoku, 180 mm in southern Kyushu and 120 mm in northern Kyushu.

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