Japan:Typhoon Ma-on brushes Kyushu
Laaska News July 19,2011
A very large and powerful typhoon, Ma-on, is over the seas southeast of Kyushu, bringing heavy winds and rain to the Pacific coast from western Japan to the central Tokai region.
The Meteorological Agency said Ma-on was expected to be 260 kilometers east-southeast of Tanegashima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture, southeastern Japan, and moving north at 25 kilometers per hour at 7 PM on Monday.
The typhoon has a central atmospheric pressure of 945 hectopascals.
Winds of up to 162 kilometers per hour are blowing near its center, and more than 90 kilometers per hour in an area from 260 kilometers east of the center to 170 kilometers west.
30 millimeters of rain was recorded in Mie Prefecture in western Japan from 5 to 6 PM.
Winds of up to 113 kilometers per hour were recorded at an airport in Miyazaki Prefecture, southwestern Japan, before 5 PM.
Miyakonojo City in the prefecture issued an evacuation advisory for 900 residents of 460 households near Mount Shinmoe, saying heavy rain could trigger a mudslide containing ash and rock that the volcano has been spewing.
The typhoon is expected to continue moving north and approach Japan’s main islands from Tuesday to Wednesday.
Up to 600 millimeters of rain is expected to fall in Shikoku, 500 millimeters in Kinki and Tokai, and 400 millimeters in southern Kyushu by Tuesday evening.
Winds of up to 144 kilometers per hour are forecast in Shikoku, 126 kilometers per hour in southern Kyushu.
Waves are forecast to reach a height of 10 to 12 meters in the Kyushu, Shikoku and southern Kinki regions.