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Japan:Severe tropical storm moving north

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Laaska News  Sept. 4,2011

A severe tropical storm is moving over Okayama Prefecture in western Japan, after crossing the island of Shikoku and the Seto inland sea.

The Meteorological Agency says tropical storm Talas was moving north at 10 kilometers per hour, as of 6 PM on Saturday.

It has an atmospheric pressure of 988 hectopascals at its center with winds of up to 108-kilometers per hour. The storm covers a wide area from western to central Japan and most part of Shikoku Island.

In western Japan, 1,400 millimeters of rain has fallen since Tuesday. Weather officials are calling on people to be on high alert for landslides and flooding.

The temperature in Niigata Prefecture and the Tohoku region in coastal areas of the Sea of Japan exceeded 35 degrees Celsius on Saturday.

The Meteorological Agency say Talas will continue moving northward to the Sea of Japan overnight. Weather officials also say 50 to 60 millimeters of rain with thunder is expected over a wide area of eastern and western Japan. Occasional heavy rain is likely in northern Japan.

Stormy weather is expected to continue along the Pacific coast from western to northern Japan.

At least 2 people have died in the storm, 5 are missing and 65 others were injured in 18 prefectures.

Laaska News.