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Japan braces for powerful typhoon

Agence France-Presse
Japan's Pacific coast was bracing itself for a powerful typhoon Monday, June 18, as it headed northeast along the Okinawa Islands, packing winds of up to 144 kilometers (90 miles) per hour, officials said

Projected path of Typhoon Guchol as of 0900 UTC, June 18, 2012. Image courtesy of the Japan Meteorological Agency.

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) – Japan’s Pacific coast was bracing itself for a powerful typhoon Monday, June 18, as it headed northeast along the Okinawa Islands, packing winds of up to 144 kilometers (90 miles) per hour, officials said.

The Japan Meteorological Agency warned that the typhoon, named Guchol (Philippine codename Butchoy), could cause thunderstorms, strong winds and high waves as it was expected to push a seasonal rain front north toward the Japanese main islands.

The storm system was located about 170 kilometers (106 miles) southeast of Okinawa’s main city of Naha at 6:00 pm (0900 GMT) and was forecast to reach the main southern island of Kyushu midmorning on Tuesday, the agency said.

Rainfall of up to 40 centimeters (16 inches) in 24 hours was expected along the Pacific coast, the agency said. – Agence France-Presse