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Typhoon Aere feared to hit Japan's Kyushu region on July 5

The projected course of Typhoon Aere as of 9 a.m. on July 4, 2022, is seen in this image from the Japan Meteorological Agency website.

TOKYO -- Typhoon Aere is feared to make landfall in the Kyushu region in southwestern Japan on July 5 after heading north over the East China Sea and gradually moving eastward, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said on July 4.

    The agency is calling on residents of western Japan to be on their guard against landslides, flooding in low-lying areas, and swollen and flooded rivers through July 6 due to rains brought by the typhoon, this year's fourth.

    The typhoon is then expected to head eastward along the Pacific side of western Japan through July 6 and be downgraded to an extratropical cyclone on July 7.

    As of 9 a.m. on July 4, Typhoon Aere was in the East China Sea and was heading north-northeast at a speed of about 15 kilometers per hour. The air pressure at its center was 996 hectopascals, with a maximum sustained wind speed near its center of 18 meters per second (about 65 kilometers per hour) and gusts topping out at 25 m/s (90 kph). In areas within 220 km east of the storm's center and within 165 km west, strong winds of over 15 m/s (54 kph) are blowing

    As Typhoon Aere moves northward, moist air from around the storm is flowing into the Japanese archipelago, bringing torrential rains to Kyushu and western Japan's Shikoku region.

    In the southern Kyushu and Amami regions, as well as the northern Kyushu region that includes Yamaguchi Prefecture, extremely heavy rain is expected through July 5, as with the Shikoku region through July 6.

    In the 24-hour period up to 6 a.m. on July 5, the typhoon is forecast to bring up to 200 millimeters of rainfall to southern Kyushu and Shikoku, up to 150 mm to northern Kyushu and western Japan's Kinki region, and up to 120 mm to the Amami region.

    The agency is calling on residents in affected areas to be on the alert against lightning strikes and strong gusts including tornadoes, and to ensure their safety by taking shelter in buildings in case there are signs of developed cumulonimbus clouds approaching. The typhoon is projected to bring heavy rain to eastern Japan from July 6.

    The JMA is also calling on people to be on their guard against strong winds and high waves. Strong winds are blowing over the sea in parts of the Nansei Islands in southwestern Japan, bringing large waves and rough seas on July 4. The same is expected for western Japan through July 5.

    The maximum sustained wind speed and gusts forecast on July 4 are 18 m/s and 25 m/s, respectively, in northern Kyushu and 15 m/s and 25 m/s respectively in Okinawa, southern Kyushu, and the Amami and Kinki regions.

    Waves of up to 4 meters high are expected around northern and southern Kyushu as well as the Amami region on July 4.

    (Mainichi)

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