Typhoon heading for Japanese islands

World | 6 Aug 2018 11:14 am

Japan's Meteorological Agency says a strong storm will approach the Ogasawara Islands between the evening today and early tomorrow morning. The agency is warning of strong winds and high waves.

As of 9:00 am local time today, typhoon Shanshan was located at sea, 400 kilometers east of the Ogasawara Islands, south of Tokyo. It was heading north-northwest at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour, NHK reports.

Shanshan has a central atmospheric pressure of 970 hectopascals and is packing winds of 126 kilometers per hour near its center.

Winds of at least 90 kilometers per hour are blowing within a radius of 100 kilometers from its center.

Maximum wind speeds of 72 kilometers per hour are expected between today and tomorrow.

Weather officials say damp air from the typhoon and a front near northeastern Japan moving south are likely to cause heavy thundershowers in and around Tokyo from tomorrow night.

They say Shanshan and its storm zone will move toward the Izu Islands, south of Tokyo, on Wednesday, and that the storm will keep moving northwest toward eastern Japan through Thursday.

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