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Typhoon Krosa set to make landfall in western Japan on Aug. 15, bring torrential rain

High waves brought by Typhoon Krosa crash against the shore in the Wakayama Prefecture town of Shirahama in western Japan, on the afternoon of Aug. 14, 2019. (Mainichi/Tatsuya Onishi)
The forecasted path of Typhoon Krosa as of 6 p.m. on Aug. 14, 2019. (Image from the Japan Meteorological Agency website)

TOKYO -- Large Typhoon Krosa remains on course to make landfall in the Shikoku and Kyushu regions of western and southwestern Japan on Aug. 15 and lash a wide area of the country with heavy rain and strong winds, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has warned.

The typhoon, the 10th to form this year, disrupted public transportation as it coincided with the return of people to their homes after the Bon holiday period. The agency has warned of extremely heavy rain mainly along the Pacific Ocean side of western and eastern Japan, as well as extremely strong winds and rough seas. It is calling on people to be on their guard against high river levels and flooding as well as landslides.

As of 5 p.m. on Aug. 14, the typhoon was located about 190 kilometers east-southeast of Tanegashima Island, one of the Osumi Islands belonging to Kagoshima Prefecture in southwestern Japan, and it was moving north at a speed of about 20 kilometers per hour, the agency said. The typhoon had a central atmospheric pressure of 965 hectopascals. It had a maximum sustained wind speed of 30 meters per second (108 kilometers per hour) and a maximum wind gust speed of 40 m/s (144 kph).

The JMA warns that Typhoon Krosa will bring heavy rain, with up to 1,000 millimeters falling in the Shikoku region over the 24-hour period up until 6 p.m. on Aug. 15. In the same period, the Tokai region of central Japan is expected to receive up to 700 mm of rain, while the Kinki region in western Japan, the northern Kyushu region in southwestern Japan and Yamaguchi Prefecture are projected to receive up to 500 mm. Southern Kyushu is predicted to be lashed with up to 400 mm of rain during the same period. The Chugoku region in western Japan could receive up to 200 millimeters, while rainfall in the Kanto-Koshin region in eastern Japan, which includes Tokyo, is expected to reach 180 mm.

Disruptions to traffic include the Aug. 14 suspension of some highway buses operated by Nishi-Nippon Railroad Co. between Fukuoka and Miyazaki in Kyushu. Air traffic was also disrupted with All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines canceling all flights to and from Miyazaki Airport. The airport announced the closure of its terminal building at 4 p.m. on Aug. 14 due to the approaching typhoon. On Aug. 15, bullet train services on the Sanyo Shinkansen Line between Shin-Osaka and Kokura stations will be canceled, while services on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka will also be scaled back.

Miyazakiken Gokokujinja shrine in the southwestern Japan city of Miyazaki, meanwhile, decided to cancel a ceremony to commemorate the war dead on the Aug. 15 anniversary of the end of World War II.

The JMA has warned of high sea levels through Aug. 19 due to an approaching spring tide, and is calling for people to be on their guard against flooding.

(Mainichi)

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