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Typhoon Malou made landfall in Fukui Prefecture on Wednesday, bringing heavy rain to the central and eastern regions of the country, the Meteorological Agency said.

The typhoon, which hit near Tsuruga on the Sea of Japan coast shortly after 11 a.m., was expected to barrel through eastern Japan on Thursday, with heavy rain likely mainly in the eastern and northeastern regions, it said, warning of possible landslides and strong winds.

The agency said it is the first time since it began compiling comparable data in 1951 that a typhoon made landfall in the Hokuriku region, made up of Niigata, Toyama, Ishikawa and Fukui prefectures.

Heavy rainfall of about 100 mm in the span of an hour was observed in parts of Shizuoka, Kanagawa and Yamanashi prefectures.

As of noon Wednesday, the ninth typhoon of the season was located near Ogaki, Gifu Prefecture, moving east-southeast at about 25 kph. It was packing winds of up to 90 kph, with an atmospheric pressure of 1004 hectopascals near its center.

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