Strong Typhoon Seen Traveling Close to Boso Peninsula

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Tokyo, Aug. 8 (Jiji Press)--Strong Typhoon Shanshan is seen heading north from around the Boso Peninsula in Chiba Prefecture, eastern Japan, to Pacific coastal areas of the Tohoku northeastern region from Wednesday night to Thursday afternoon, the Japan Meteorological Agency said Wednesday.

This year's 13th typhoon, which came close to the Kanto eastern region, including Tokyo and Chiba, on Wednesday afternoon, may make landfall on the country if it travels westward, officials of the agency said.

The agency called for strong caution against heavy rain, powerful winds and high waves. With rain expected to be prolonged due to the slow speed of the typhoon, sediment disasters, rivers rising and flooding, and inundations of lowland areas are feared.

Yushi Adachi, a forecaster for the agency, asked people to "secure safety by moving proactively."

Typhoon Shanshan is forecast to move away from Japan after traveling northeast off the Sanriku coastal area of Tohoku by early Friday.

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