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2016年7月 8日 (金)

1st typhoon of season expected to bring heavy winds, rain to southwestern Japan

July 7, 2016 (Mainichi Japan)
1st typhoon of season expected to bring heavy winds, rain to southwestern Japan

Nepartak, a fierce typhoon and the first of the season, was moving northwest south of the Sakishima islands in Okinawa Prefecture as of the morning of July 7.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the powerful storm has a central pressure of 900 hectopascals and winds gusting up to 60 meters per second near the core. The typhoon will probably bring winds of at least 15 meters per second to the Sakishima islands, and make landfall on Taiwan on the morning of July 8.

The storm is expected to draw closest to the Sakishima islands between the evening of July 7 and the pre-dawn hours of July 8. It is predicted that waves will reach around 9 meters high and winds will hit speeds of up to 25 meters per second by the morning of July 8.

The JMA is calling on residents not to go near the ocean.

Okinawa's main island, meanwhile, has been covered in clouds from the outer rim of the typhoon, and is likely to see heavy rains of up to 50 millimeters per hour through the evening of July 7. Damp air has made its way to southern Kyushu as well, bringing unstable weather to the region. The Amami region is expected to see rain until July 8.

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