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Powerful Typhoon Lingling lashes Okinawa with heavy rain, strong winds

TOKYO -- Extremely strong Typhoon Lingling is bringing heavy rain and strong winds to the southernmost prefecture of Okinawa on Sept. 5.

As of 11 a.m., the typhoon, this season's 13th, was situated about 40 kilometers south of Miyako Island, and moving north at 15 kilometers per hour, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). The atmospheric pressure near its center was 950 hectopascals and the typhoon packed winds up to 45 meters per second (162 kilometers per hour). The maximum instantaneous wind speed was 60 meters per second (216 kilometers per hour).

The tropical storm is lashing the Sakishima Islands, including Ishigaki and Miyako islands in southwestern Okinawa, with heavy rain and strong winds as it approaches the area.

The JMA warns that the typhoon will bring strong winds to Okinawa's main island from the night of Sept. 5 to the following day. The sea around the prefecture is extremely rough.


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