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A powerful typhoon was expected to approach the islands of Okinawa and the Amami region of Kagoshima Prefecture through Tuesday, the Meteorological Agency said, warning of heavy rains in those areas as well as in Kyushu and eastern Japan.

Typhoon Noul was packing winds of up to 216 kph at around noon Monday and was heading northward in the sea north of the Philippines at a speed of about 20 kph.

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