FUKUOKA -- Powerful Typhoon Prapiroon was approaching northern Kyushu on July 3, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said, prompting evacuation advisories in some areas while causing transport disruptions.
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The Fukuoka Prefecture city of Asakura, which was hit hard by torrential rains in July 2017, recommended 4,377 households in the city evacuate for fear of a possible secondary disaster. All services on the JR Hisatsu and Kitto lines were suspended and many flights, mainly those to and from remote islands off Kyushu and other areas, were canceled.
As of 9 a.m. on July 3, the typhoon, this year's seventh, was situated about 110 kilometers southwest of Goto, Nagasaki Prefecture, and moving north at about 20 kilometers per hour. The atmospheric pressure at its center was 960 hectopascals and it was packing winds of 35 meters per second. The maximum instantaneous wind speed was 50 meters per second. Winds of at least 25 meters per second were blowing in an area within a radius of 90 kilometers from the center of the typhoon.
The typhoon is expected to approach northern Kyushu sometime shortly before noon on July 3 to late in the night and move northeast above the Sea of Japan before downgrading to an extra-tropical cyclone by the evening of July 4.
The amount of rain over a 24-hour period up to 6 a.m. on July 4 is estimated to be up to 350 millimeters in Saga and Nagasaki prefectures, 300 millimeters in Fukuoka Prefecture and 250 millimeters in Kumamoto, Oita and Yamaguchi prefectures.
(Japanese original by Yuta Hiratsuka, Kyushu News Department)