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Typhoon Prapiroon approaching Kyushu, expected to bring torrential rain

This image from the Japan Meteorological Agency website shows the projected path of Typhoon Prapiroon, the seventh of the season, as of 5 p.m. on July 2, 2018.

TOKYO -- Powerful typhoon Prapiroon, the seventh this year, is likely to approach the northern Kyushu region in western Japan on July 3, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The agency has warned of stormy winds and high waves over a wide area between Okinawa and northern Kyushu. As of 11 a.m. on July 2, Prapiroon was located about 140 kilometers north of the Okinawa Prefecture island of Kumejima and was heading north at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour.

The typhoon had a central atmospheric pressure of 965 hectopascals and was packing a maximum wind speed near its center of 35 meters per second (126 kilometers per hour), with a maximum wind gust speed of 50 meters per second (180 kilometers per hour), the agency said.

Organizations including the Okinawa Prefectural Government reported that four people had been injured by the typhoon in the southernmost prefecture, including by falling amid strong winds.

It is possible the typhoon could bring localized thunderstorms with extremely heavy rain to western Japan over the next day, with southern Kyushu facing up to 300 millimeters of rain over the 24-hour period ending at noon on July 3, compared with 200 millimeters in northern Kyushu and 150 millimeters in the Amami district.

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