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Typhoon Nepartak makes landfall in northeastern Japan

The forecast path of Typhoon Nepartak is shown as of 9 a.m. on July 28, 2021. (Image from the Japan Meteorological Agency website)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Typhoon Nepartak skewed northward and made landfall on the coast of the northeastern Japan prefecture of Miyagi on Wednesday morning, veering off its initially projected course that would have taken it toward the Tokyo area where the Olympics are taking place, the weather agency said.

    The season's eighth typhoon, which reached the vicinity of Ishinomaki shortly before 6 a.m., brought strong winds and high waves but is expected to weaken into an extratropical cyclone later in the day as it traverses the northeast region heading toward the Sea of Japan, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

    The typhoon, the first to make landfall in Japan since October 2019, was also the first ever to hit Miyagi. The last time a typhoon reached Japan's northeastern coast was Aug. 30, 2016 when it hit Iwate Prefecture.

    Typhoon Nepartak's impact on Olympic events has been limited. Some rowing and archery events have been rescheduled, but one of the women's soccer matches on Tuesday in Miyagi was held as scheduled.

    The typhoon is forecast to bring rainfall of up to 100 millimeters in the northeastern region over the next 24 hours.

    As of 6 a.m., it was packing winds of up to 108 kilometers per hour and moving north-northwest at about 30 kph, the agency said.

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