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Japan:Typhoon Ma-on brushes Daito Island

Monday, July 18, 2011

Laaska News  July 18,2011
A very large and powerful typhoon is moving east of Minami Daito Island in Okinawa Prefecture.

The Meteorological Agency says typhoon Ma-on was 270 kilometers northeast of Minami Daito Island and moving north at 20 kilometers per hour as of 10 AM 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 within a radius of 170 kilometers.

The typhoon is expected to continue moving northward and may approach the Japanese main islands from Tuesday to Wednesday.
Strong winds of up to 126 kilometers per hour are expected in southern Kyushu, and up to 108 kilometers per hour in northern Kyushu and Shikoku.

Waves are forecast to reach a height of 10 to 12 meters in the Daito Islands, Amami Islands, southern Kyushu and Shikoku.

Heavy rainfall is expected from Kyushu through the Tokai region along the Pacific coast of the main islands, with some areas receiving rains of 50 to 70 millimeters per hour.

Up to 400 millimeters of rain is expected to fall in southern Kyushu and Shikoku, and 350 millimeters in the Tokai region by Tuesday morning.



Laaska News.