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Powerful typhoon set to batter western Japan later this week as another storm skirts Kyushu

Kyodo, Reuters

A strong typhoon approaching western Japan could make landfall sometime between Thursday afternoon and Friday in an area that was already left battered by massive flooding and landslides last month.

The Meteorological Agency has warned of heavy rain, strong winds and high waves as Typhoon Cimaron is expected to travel northward over the Shikoku and Chugoku regions as the weekend approaches.

Typhoon Soulik, another powerful typhoon, was moving northward across the waters west of Kyushu and could still bring gusts and strong rain in the area, the agency said. Gusts of 185 kilometers per hour were recorded on Kagoshima Prefecture’s Nakanoshima Island early Wednesday as that typhoon passed near by the island.

As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, Cimaron was traveling about 380 km west-southwest of Chichijima Island in the Pacific at a speed of 30 kph. The typhoon had an atmospheric pressure of 950 hectopascals at its center with gusts of up to 216 kph.

The government has set up a response unit at the risk management center in the Prime Minister’s Office to deal with disruption related to the typhoon.

In the 24-hour period through Thursday morning, up to 300 millimeters of rain is expected in the Shikoku region and 200 mm in the southern Kyushu region.

Winds of up to 126 kph are expected through Thursday morning in northern Kyushu due to Soulik, according to the Meteorological Agency.

In addition, the approaching Cimaron has affected a scheduled defense drill by Britain and Japan.

The two countries canceled plans for a simulated amphibious beach assault near Mount Fuji this week that would have been the first joint drill between their troops in Japan, officials said Wednesday.

Britain and Japan had planned for a Royal Marine detachment and Japanese amphibious troops to storm a beach from boats launched from the British Navy’s flagship amphibious assault carrier HMS Albion on Friday.

The cancellation was announced by Britain’s embassy in Japan and the Ministry of Defense in Tokyo.