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Strong Typhoon Maysak approaches Okinawa, residents warned to take caution

The predicted path of Typhoon Maysak as of 9 a.m., Aug. 31, 2020. (Image from the Japan Meteorological Agency website)

TOKYO -- Japan's weather agency is warning people in the southernmost prefecture of Okinawa and western Japan over potential violent winds and high tides as strong Typhoon Maysak approaches the Japanese archipelago.

    As of 6:45 a.m. on Aug. 31, the ninth typhoon of the year was located south of Okinawa, traveling northward at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour. It has an atmospheric pressure of 955 hectopascals at its center, with a maximum wind velocity near the eye of 40 meters per second (approximately 144 kilometers per hour) and a maximum wind gust speed of 60 m/s (216 kph), according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

    The typhoon is expected to travel northward below Okinawa while picking up more strength and close in on the island prefecture on Sept. 1, before moving further north over the East China Sea and gradually shifting its course eastward. It is feared to approach western Japan on Sept. 2-3.

    (Mainichi)

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