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Japan:Severe tropical storm Ma-on moves east

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Laaska News  July 21,2011
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 on Wednesday after landing in southern Tokushima Prefecture before daybreak.

As of 9 PM, the storm appeared to be located over the sea, 150 kilometers south of Cape Omaezaki in Shizuoka Prefecture in central Japan, moving east-south-eastward at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour.

Ma-on has an atmospheric pressure of 980 hectopascals at its center and a maximum wind speed of 110 kilometers per hour.

Heavy rainfalls are expected along the Pacific coasts in the Kanto and Tohoku regions in eastern Japan through Thursday morning.

Weather officials are also warning of mudslides, swollen river waters and flooding in the regions.

NHK has learned that as of 6 PM Wednesday, a man in his 80s was found dead near a flooded river. A total of 62 people were injured in 18 prefectures.

An evacuation advisory has been issued for 75 households in 4 prefectures.

Power outages have left more than 190 households in 3 prefectures without electricity.



Laaska News.