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Two consecutive typhoons approach southern, western Japan, heavy rain expected

This screenshot of the Japan Meteorological Agency website shows the expected direction of Typhoon Soulik in the coming days.
This screenshot of the Japan Meteorological Agency website shows the expected direction of Typhoon Cimaron in the coming days.

TOKYO -- Typhoons Soulik and Cimaron are approaching southern and western Japan and are expected to bring torrential rains and high winds to a wide area, the Japan Meteorological Agency announced on Aug. 21.

Typhoon Soulik, the 19th of this year, was located about 260 kilometers east-southeast of Amami-Oshima Island, several hundred kilometers south of the main southern island of Kyushu, and was heading west-northwest at a speed of about 20 kilometers per hour as of 10 a.m. on Aug. 21. Its central atmospheric pressure was 950 hectopascals, and the maximum wind speed near its center was 45 meters per second (162 kilometers per hour), with a gust of up to 60 meters per second (216 kph). The typhoon is now forecast to come very close to Kyushu's southern region and the Amami Islands during the night of Aug. 21 or in the early hours of Aug. 22.

The agency warned residents in areas on the typhoon's path to be on their guard against landslides and flooding caused by heavy rains. Soulik is expected to be followed by yet another typhoon, and extra caution is advised to avoid damage from the storms.

An estimated rainfall of up to 300 millimeters is expected during a 24-hour period ending at 6 a.m. on Aug. 22, while the southwestern Japan region of Shikoku is likely to have a maximum of 250 millimeters of rain during the same period. The Tokai region in central Japan is expected to have up to 200 millimeters of rain, while 150 millimeters is likely in the northern part of Kyushu. The Kinki region in western Japan may have a maximum of 120 millimeters of rainfall.

The maximum wind speed in the Amami region by Aug. 22 is estimated to reach up to 45 meters per second (162 kph), while southern Kyushu is likely to have winds of up to 35 meters per second (126 kph). Northern Kyushu is forecasted to face winds of up to 25 meters per second (90 kph).

High waves reaching 11 meters tall are expected on Aug. 22 in southern Kyushu and the Amami region, while 8-meter waves are forecasted for northern Kyushu. The southernmost prefecture of Okinawa and the western region of Shikoku are likely to have 6-meter waves, while the Kinki and Tokai regions are likely to face waves of up to 5 meters.

Meanwhile, Typhoon Cimaron, the 20th of the year, is forecast to come close to Japan on Aug. 23 or 24, and bring downpours after moving southwest of the Ogasawara Islands on Aug. 22 and south of Shikoku on Aug. 23. The storm was located near the Mariana Islands as of 3 a.m. on Aug. 21, and moving northwest at a speed of about 20 kph. Its central atmospheric pressure near the center was 985 hectopascals, and its maximum wind speed near the center was 30 meters per second.

Rough weather is expected on the Pacific coast of western and eastern Japan, and heavy rains are expected from Aug. 23 through 24.

(Mainichi)

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