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Typhoon Mirinae on course to approach eastern Japan through Aug. 8

The forecasted path of Typhoon Mirinae is shown as of 12 p.m. on Aug. 6, 2021. (Image from the Japan Meteorological Agency website)

TOKYO -- Typhoon Mirinae, the 10th typhoon to form this year, is expected to approach eastern Japan between the afternoon of Aug. 7 and Aug. 8, and could bring heavy rain and rough seas mainly to the Pacific side of the country, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has warned.

    The agency is calling for people to be on their guard against high waves, landslides, flooding in low-lying areas, high river levels and strong winds as the typhoon approaches.

    As of 12 p.m. on Aug. 6, the typhoon was about 140 kilometers north-northeast of Minamidaitojima, an island east of Okinawa, and was moving east-northeast at a speed of about 20 kilometers per hour. It had a central atmospheric pressure of 990 hectopascals and was packing winds of up to 20 meters per second (72 kph) with gusts of up to 30 m/s (108 kph).

    Over the period through Aug. 7, the typhoon was forecast to bring winds of up to 18 m/s (64.8 kph) to the Okinawa region and 16 m/s (57.6 kph) to the Amami region in southern Japan, and 15 m/s (54 kph) to the Kanto-Koshin region that includes Tokyo, the JMA said.

    The typhoon was expected to bring a maximum of between 100 and 200 millimeters of rain to the Kanto-Koshin region over the 24-hour period from midday on Aug. 7, the agency said.

    (Mainichi)

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