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Strong typhoon approaching southern Japan, may make landfall Tues.

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A powerful typhoon was approaching Japan's southern Pacific coast on Sunday and could make landfall Tuesday in western or central Japan, with the weather agency warning of high waves and heavy downpours.

As of 6 p.m. Sunday, Typhoon Jebi was traveling north-northwest in the Pacific Ocean south of Japan's largest main island of Honshu at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour with an atmospheric pressure of 935 hectopascals at its center, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Japan is bracing for another strong typhoon after being hit by a string of typhoons recently, with western Japan battered by massive flooding and landslides.

As of Sunday, Typhoon Jebi was packing gusts of up to 252 kph, with areas within a radius of 130 km falling into the storm zone, the agency said.

Before the latest typhoon, the season's 21st, comes close to Japan's western Pacific coast, it will bring more rainfall from Monday afternoon.

After the typhoon may make landfall the next day, it is expected to pass over the Sea of Japan, with northern Japan likely to face stormy weather on Wednesday, it said.

Up to 400 millimeters of rain may fall in some regions in western and central Japan through Tuesday evening.

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