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Warning: Typhoon No. 5 bears down on western Japan

Staff Writer |
Typhoon No. 5 is likely to bring heavy rainfall to western Japan, particularly on the Pacific Ocean side, from Aug. 6 through 7.

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The Japan Meteorological Agency is urging residents to take precautions against landslides and flooding, The Asahi Shimbun reports.

On Aug. 5, a 67-year-old man fell in the strong winds of the typhoon and died in the town of Yakushima on Yakushima island in Kagoshima Prefecture.

In Minami-Tane on Tanegashima island of the same prefecture, an 84-year-old man was found dead in a fishing port.

At least nine other people were injured in the cities of Kagoshima and Hioki, also in the prefecture, and Miyazaki.

As of 1 p.m. on Aug. 6, the typhoon was moving slowly near Tanegashima island in a northeasterly direction. It could make landfall on the southern part of Kyushu island.

The atmospheric pressure at the center of the typhoon was 970 hectopascals. The maximum wind speed near the center was 126 kph, and the maximum momentary wind speed was 180 kph.


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