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Japan:Ma-on moves east

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Laaska News  July 20,2011

A severe tropical storm is continuing to move east off the southern coast of Japan’s main island of Honshu.

The Meteorological Agency says the storm Ma-on passed through Shionomisaki in Wakayama Prefecture at about 10 AM Wednesday after landing in southern Tokushima Prefecture before daybreak.

As of 6 PM, the storm appeared to be 140 kilometers off Omaezaki in Shizuoka Prefecture in central Japan, moving eastward at a speed of 15 kilometers per hour.

Ma-on has an atmospheric pressure of 980 hectopascals at its center and a maximum wind speed of 108 kilometers per hour.

The town of Odai in Mie Prefecture has had about 1,000 millimeters of rainfall since Sunday.

Rain across wide areas from Shikoku to Kanto has accumulated to more than 500 millimeters.

NHK has learned that as of 5 PM Wednesday, a man in his 80s was found dead near a flooding river. A total of 60 people were injured in 18 prefectures.

An evacuation advisory has been issued for 722 households in 5 prefectures. A total of 105 people in 5 prefectures have evacuated voluntarily.

Power outages have left a total of 205 households in 5 prefectures without electricity.

NHK.

Japan:Typhoon Ma-on bringing heavy rain to Japan

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