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Japan weather agency calls for caution as violent Typhoon Hagibis draws closer

The forecasted path of Typhoon Hagibis as of 6 p.m. on Oct. 10, 2019. (Image from the Japan Meteorological Agency website)

TOKYO -- The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) is calling on the public to be on full alert as violent Typhoon Hagibis threatens the Japanese archipelago on the weekend.

The JMA is warning of strong winds, rough seas, and heavy rain across the country.

As of 6 p.m. on Oct. 10, the typhoon, this year's 19th, was located about 390 kilometers southwest of Chichijima, part of the Ogasawara Islands some 1,000 kilometers south of Tokyo, and moving north-northwest at 20 kilometers per hour.

The atmospheric pressure at the center of the typhoon was 915 hectopascals and the tropical storm was packing winds up to 55 meters per second (198 kilometers per hour) near its center. The maximum wind gust speed was 75 m/s (270kph).

Typhoon Hagibis is expected to approach areas from western to eastern Japan on Oct. 12 and 13, possibly making landfall on Japan's main island of Honshu. The typhoon is expected to be downgraded to an extratropical cyclone as it passes near the Chishima (Kuril) islands east of Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido on Oct. 14.


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