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Japan issues ‘special storm warning’ for Kyushu region

Tokyo: The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said on Saturday it was prepared to issue a special storm warning for some areas of the Kyushu region as an “unprecedented” storm is expected. Large and powerful storm Nanmadol is expected to make landfall in Kagoshima and bring record rain to the prefecture and surrounding areas, the JMA has called for maximum vigil as damaging winds and high waves are expected, Xinhua news agency reported. , possibly landslides and floods.

The JMA said it could issue a severe storm alert for Kagoshima and other areas of Kyushu by Saturday evening, the first such alert for Japanese prefectures other than Okinawa. The weather agency’s forecast director said the storm had intensified rapidly since Friday night and became a dangerous storm like people have never experienced before.

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As of Saturday afternoon, Nanmadol, assessed as massive and violent, was about 200 km east of Minamidaito Island and was moving to the northwest at 10 kmph. It was carrying winds near its center of 198 kmph, with maximum gusts of 270 kmph, with an atmospheric pressure of 910 hectopascals at its center.

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