Typhoon Tapah Turns into Extratropical Cyclone


Tokyo, Sept. 23 (Jiji Press)--Typhoon Tapah turned into an extratropical cyclone at 9 a.m. Monday (midnight Sunday GMT) while traveling over the Sea of Japan off the coast of the Sanin western Japan region and the Noto Peninsula in the central part of the country.

Still, strong winds hit many areas, and torrential rain is expected in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido, the Tohoku northeastern region, the Kanto-Koshin region of eastern to central Japan, and the Tokai central region. The Japan Meteorological Agency warned residents in these areas of violent winds, high waves and heavy rain.

The extratropical cyclone is expected to pass through northern Tohoku and Hokkaido toward Monday night and early Tuesday. In the city of Hamada in Shimane Prefecture, part of Sanin, a maximum instantaneous wind speed of 35.3 meters per second was recorded at 4:10 a.m.

In the Kyushu southwestern region, one person suffered serious injuries in Miyazaki Prefecture due to the 17th typhoon of this year, and four people in Saga Prefecture and three each in Nagasaki Prefecture and Miyazaki were slightly injured, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

As of 9 a.m., the extratropical cyclone was located off the Noto Peninsula, traveling northeast at a speed of 65 kilometers per hour. It had a central atmospheric pressure of 992 hectopascals, with a maximum sustained wind speed of 25 meters per second.

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