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Typhoon Cimaron likely to make landfall in western Japan on night of Aug. 23

This screenshot of the Japan Meteorological Agency website shows the expected course of Typhoon Cimaron in the coming days.

TOKYO -- Strong typhoon Cimaron is expected to make landfall around the western Japan regions of Shikoku and Kinki on the night of Aug. 23, dumping massive amounts of rain and bringing intense gusts in those areas, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.

Flooding and landslides are feared in areas where the typhoon, the 20th of the season, is expected to hit, and the JMA has advised residents to be on their guard against such natural disasters. In a message on Aug. 23, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for early evacuations and for people to take measures to limit damage.

The amount of rain forecast to fall over the 24-hour period ending 6 a.m. on Aug. 24 is 800 millimeters in Shikoku and 600 millimeters in Kinki and Tokai in central Japan. The rainfall is expected to reach 200 millimeters in the Kanto-Koshin region in the eastern part of the country and the Chugoku region in the west.

In the Chugoku and Tokai regions, it is predicted that the total amount of rain to fall in localized downpours since the arrival of the previous typhoon, Soulik, could reach 1,000 millimeters.

Winds of up to 40 meters per second (144 kilometers per hour) are expected in the Shikoku region by Aug. 24, with maximum gusts of up to 55 m/s (198 kph). The Kinki and Chugoku regions are forecast to have winds reaching speeds of 35 m/s (126 kph), while the Tokai region and the northwestern region of Hokuriku are likely to have winds of up to 25 m/s (90 kph).

As of 10 a.m. on Aug. 23, Cimaron was located at some 340 kilometers south-southeast of Cape Ashizuri and was heading north-northwest at a speed of 35 kph. Its central atmospheric pressure was 955 hectopascals. The maximum wind speed near its center was 40 m/s (144 kps), with gusts of up to 60 m/s (216 kph).

(Mainichi)

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