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Typhoon Nari heading toward eastern Japan, heavy rain expected over wide area

This image from the Japan Meteorological Agency website shows the predicted path of Typhoon Nari as of 9 a.m. on July 26, 2019.

TOKYO -- A typhoon formed above the Pacific Ocean south of the Japanese archipelago on July 26, and is feared to hit eastern Japan sometime between July 27 and 28, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.

Typhoon Nari, which developed from a tropical cyclone, was located about 430 kilometers south-southeast of Cape Shionomisaki in the western Japan prefecture of Wakayama at around 9 a.m. on July 26. It is moving north at approximately 20 kilometers per hour.

The atmospheric pressure around the typhoon's center is 1,000 hectopascals. The JMA forecasts that the typhoon, the sixth of this year, will bring up to 180 millimeters of rain to the Tokai region in central Japan, 150 millimeters to the Kinki region in western Japan and 80 millimeters to the Kanto-Koshin region in eastern Japan by noon on July 27.

The typhoon could adversely affect fireworks festivals to be held in some areas of Japan. The organizing committee of the Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival to be held in Tokyo on the evening of July 27 said officials would decide whether to go ahead with the event after examining weather conditions.

(Mainichi)

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