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Typhoon Lionrock approaches Tohoku region

Typhoon Lionrock was situated about 240 kilometers east off the coast of Choshi, Chiba Prefecture, as of 8 a.m. on Aug. 30, and was heading north-northwest toward the Tohoku region at about 35 kilometers per hour. The typhoon is feared to bring record rainfall in the region.

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 lifelines and transport systems in some regions. Some areas in Ibaraki and Chiba prefectures had been hit by power outages as of 9 a.m. on Aug. 30. Service on the Akita Shinkansen Line is scheduled to be partially suspended between Morioka and Akita stations and elsewhere starting 11 a.m. A total of 20 trains on the bullet train line, including four between Tokyo and Akita, are expected to suspend services.

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