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Large Typhoon Krosa advancing toward western Japan, could strike on Aug. 15

The forecasted path of Typhoon Krosa as of 9 a.m. on Aug. 13, 2019. (Image from the Japan Meteorological Agency website)

TOKYO -- Large Typhoon Krosa is expected to maintain its strength and hit western Japan sometime around Aug. 15, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) warned on Aug. 13.

    The agency is calling for caution against violent winds, rough seas and landslides in areas that could be hit by the typhoon, which the agency has classified as very large.

    As of 9 a.m. on Aug. 13, the typhoon, this year's 10th, was situated about 550 kilometers southeast of Tanegashima, one of the Osumi Islands belonging to Kagoshima Prefecture in southwestern Japan, and was moving northwest at 20 kilometers per hour.

    The atmospheric pressure at the center of the typhoon was 965 hectopascals. The maximum wind speed near its center was 30 meters per second (108 kilometers per hour) while the maximum wind gust speed was 45 m/s (162 kph). The JMA said the typhoon was bringing winds of at least 25 meters per second within a 330 kilometer radius of its center.

    The Ogasawara Islands, about 1,000 kilometers south of Tokyo, and Nansei Islands in southwestern Japan have been hit by strong winds and turbulent seas because of the storm. The JMA warns that Typhoon Krosa will also bring heavy rain, with up to 300 millimeters expected in the Tokai region of central Japan over the 24-hour period through to 6 a.m. on Aug. 14. In the same period the Kinki region in western Japan is expected to receive up to 200 millimeters of rain, the southern Kyushu region in southwestern Japan up to 150 millimeters, and the western Japan Shikoku region, the northern Kyushu region and the southwestern Japan Okinawa region up to 100 millimeters of rain.

    Heavier rain could hit the Shikoku, Kinki, Kyushu and Tokai regions in the following 24-hour period, bringing maximum rainfall of between 300 and 600 millimeters to these areas, the JMA warned.

    (Mainichi)

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