Typhoon Francisco Crosses Southwestern Japan, Leaves One Dead


Tokyo, Aug. 6 (Jiji Press)--One person was killed as Typhoon Francisco crossed the Kyushu region in southwestern Japan on Tuesday, causing heavy rain and strong winds.

The eighth typhoon this year made landfall around the city of Miyazaki at around 5 a.m. (8 p.m. Monday GMT). It then traveled northwest and reached the Tsushima Strait, which lies between Kyushu and the Korean Peninsula, in the afternoon, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

After making landfall on the Korean Peninsula, the typhoon is expected to turn into a tropical cyclone in the northern part of the Sea of Japan on Thursday afternoon, the agency said.

The agency warned of heavy rain in western Japan through Wednesday morning. The maximum 24-hour rainfall through 6 p.m. Wednesday is expected to reach 120 millimeters in some areas in the Shikoku western region and 100 millimeters in northern Kyushu.

In Kokonoe, Oita Prefecture in Kyushu, a 56-year-old man was found lying in a river Tuesday morning. He was later confirmed dead at a hospital.

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