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Strong Typhoon Jongdari heading to rain-ravaged western Japan

In preparation for Typhoon Jongdari, a family in the town of Saka in the western prefecture of Hiroshima on July 27, 2018 reinstalls a window in their house that had been destroyed by massive volumes of mud that was pressed against it due to the downpours in early July. Jongdari is expected to dump torrential rains in wide areas of Japan including western prefectures devastated by the earlier rains. (Mainichi)

TOKYO -- Typhoon Jongdari is expected to make landfall in the Tokai region in central Japan or the Kinki region in western Japan in the early hours of July 29, raising fears that torrential rains will trigger flooding and landslides in wide swaths of the country, including western prefectures devastated by downpours earlier in July, according to weather officials.

The Japan Meteorological Agency says that the 12th typhoon of this season, packing intense winds of up to 35 meters per second (126 kilometers per hour), is expected to cause massive rainfall of up to between 300 and 500 millimeters within the 24-hour period ending at noon on July 29 in the Kanto region including Tokyo, and the Koshin region west of Kanto.

Over a 24-hour period up to 12 a.m. on July 29, up to 400 millimeters of rainfall is expected in the Tokai region, and a maximum of 120 millimeters in the Kinki region and the northeastern Tohoku region, respectively.

The typhoon is taking a very unusual course of approaching the Japanese archipelago from the west, according to JMA officials. Typhoons hitting Japan during the summer usually take a northeasterly direction.

According to the JMA, as of 10 a.m. July 28, the typhoon was located about 270 kilometers east of Hachijo Island heading north-northwest at a speed of 45 kilometers per hour toward mainland Japan. The central atmospheric pressure was 970 hectopascals. More than 80 millimeters of rain per hour could hit some areas along the Pacific coast in eastern Japan.

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