A large and powerful typhoon is expected to start battering Shikoku and the Kii Peninsula with winds of up to 90 kph from late June 19, the Meteorological Agency said.

The seventh typhoon of the season was located about 280 km south of Cape Muroto in Shikoku as of 10 p.m. June 19 and is heading north at 35 kph, it said. If the typhoon keeps to its present course, it will start striking the eastern part of Shikoku this morning before heading across the Tokai region on a path that would then take it over the heavily populated Kanto region later this evening, the agency said.

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