Very Strong Typhoon May Make Landfall in Shikoku or Kinki Tuesday
Tokyo, Sept. 3 (Jiji Press)--A very strong typhoon is forecast to make landfall in the Shikoku western Japan region or Kinki including the Kii Peninsula, also in the western part of the country, on Tuesday morning, the Japan Meteorological Agency said Monday, warning of violent winds, high waves and heavy rains.
As of 3 p.m. Monday (6 a.m. GMT), Typhoon Jebi was traveling north-northwest over waters some 240 kilometers northeast of Minamidaito Island in the southernmost Japan prefecture of Okinawa at a speed of about 20 kilometers per hour. It had a central atmospheric pressure of 945 hectopascals, a maximum sustained wind speed of 45 meters per second, and a maximum instantaneous wind speed of 60 meters per second.
Following the expected landfall, the 21st typhoon of the year is projected to cross Kinki and the Hokuriku central region, and move out to the Sea of Japan on Tuesday night. On Wednesday morning, it is projected to travel off the Sea of Japan coast along the Tohoku northeastern region and Hokkaido, northernmost Japan, and turn into an extratropical cyclone in the north of the sea.
While the expected course of Typhoon Jebi is similar to that of Typhoon Cimaron, the 20th this year, which hit Japan in late August, Ryuta Kurora, chief forecaster at the agency, told a press conference, "Jebi will likely be more powerful than Cimaron when it makes landfall, potentially causing strong winds across wider areas." He urged people to take measures to ensure safety, such as avoiding unnecessary outings and evacuating at an early stage.
If Jebi lands on Japan with a maximum sustained wind speed of 44 meters per second or more, it would be the first typhoon to do this since the 13th typhoon of 1993, according to the agency.
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