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Japan:Storm moving northeast

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Laaska News  May 29,2011

A severe tropical storm is sweeping over the ocean off Kochi Prefecture in western Japan and moving northeast.

The Meteorological Agency says as of noon on Sunday, weakened typhoon Songda was located 100 kilometers south of Kochi and was moving northeast at 55 kilometers per hour.

The severe tropical storm has atmospheric pressure of 975 hectopascals, and winds of up to 108 kilometers per hour near its center.

The storm has brought heavy rain to a wide area of western and central Japan.

In the disaster-hit Tohoku region, heavy rain is expected through Monday.

Weather authorities have issued warnings for strong wind, high waves, possible landslides, and flooding.

NHK.

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