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Strong winds expected as powerful Typhoon Bualoi nears seas south of Tokyo

The forecasted path of Typhoon Bualoi as of 3 p.m. on Oct. 23, 2019. (Image from the Japan Meteorological Agency website)

TOKYO -- Powerful Typhoon Bualoi is feared to travel close to the Ogasawara Islands south of Tokyo from the early morning to noon of Oct. 24 and is expected to bring strong winds and heavy rain to the area, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) advised.

As of 3 p.m. on Oct. 23, this year's 21st typhoon was located near the Ogasawara Islands and was traveling north-northwest at 25 kilometers per hour. The atmospheric pressure near the center of the typhoon was 940 hectopascals. The maximum wind speed near its center was 50 meters per second (180 kph) while the maximum wind gust speed was 70 m/s (252 kph). The wind speed in the radius from the typhoon's center measured at least 25 m/s (90 kph).

Due to Bualoi's strong winds, rough waters are expected near the Ogasawara Islands on Oct. 24, while a storm surge is also forecast for the same day. High waves are also feared to hit the Pacific side of eastern Japan as winds pick up speed on Oct. 25.

Up to 150 millimeters of rain is expected to fall on the Ogasawara Islands in a 24-hour period until 6 p.m. on Oct. 24. The JMA is warning of landslides, floods in low lying areas and swollen rivers, as well as lightening and gusty winds.

(The Mainichi)

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