Strong Typhoon Faxai Approaches Japan

Society

Tokyo, Sept. 8 (Jiji Press)--Strong Typhoon Faxai was bearing down on Japan on Sunday morning and may make landfall in Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan, or the Kanto eastern region on Sunday night or early Monday.

The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of very strong wind, heavy rain and high waves.

In Kanto, the wind speed could hit a record high level for a typhoon. Heavy rain is feared to cause landslides or flooding.

As of noon (3 a.m. GMT), the typhoon, the 15th this year, was traveling northwest at a speed of 30 kilometers per hour at a point 120 kilometers southwest of Hachijojima Island in the Pacific. It had a central atmospheric pressure of 960 hectopascals, with a maximum sustained wind speed of 40 meters per second and the maximum instantaneous wind speed of 60 meters.

The maximum 24-hour rainfall through noon Monday is forecast to reach 300 millimeters in the Kanto-Koshin eastern and Tokai central regions, 200 millimeters in the Izu island chain and 150 millimeters in the Tohoku northeastern region.

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