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Powerful typhoon to batter Japan's main island

Other News Materials 30 September 2012 11:22
A powerful typhoon was forecast to lash Japan’s main island Sunday with high waves, strong winds and heavy rains.
Powerful typhoon to batter Japan's main island

A powerful typhoon was forecast to lash Japan's main island Sunday with high waves, strong winds and heavy rains, dpa reported.

Typhoon Jelawat, the 17th of the season, was 120 kilometres south-west of Kii Peninsula as of 1 pm (0400 GMT), travelling north-east at a speed of 45 kilometres per hour (kph), the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The storm was expected to make landfall on central Japan Sunday evening, the agency said.

It had maximum sustained winds of 144 kph and gusts of 216 kph, the agency said.

Stormy weather had already engulfed wide areas of central and western Japan, causing cancellation of about 370 flights and several train services.

As the typhoon slammed into southern Japanese islands Saturday, 87 people were injured and about 334,000 households, more than half of the total number in Okinawa prefecture, suffered power outages, the Ryukyu Shimpo newspaper reported.

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