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Weather agency warns powerful typhoon may hit area around Kyushu and Shikoku

Kyodo

A huge typhoon may make landfall on the Shikoku and Kyushu regions around Thursday, the Meteorological Agency said Monday, warning of torrential rain and strong winds along the Pacific coast of eastern and western Japan as early as Tuesday.

As of 9 p.m. on Monday, Typhoon Krosa, with an atmospheric pressure of 965 hectopascals at its center, was located over the ocean some 550 km west of Chichijima in the Ogasawara Islands. It was moving northwest at about 15 kph (9 mph).

Rainfall of 200 mm is forecast for the Tokai region in the 24 hours up to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Amid a recent increase in the number of water-related accidents, the agency asked people to be on alert for high waves and floods.

On Monday morning, police discovered the bodies of two men off the coast of the city of Nagasaki.

Hidemi Yamaguchi, 60, and his brother, Kazuyuki, 67, went missing Sunday while fishing on rocks on the coast of Nagasaki Prefecture.

In Aichi Prefecture, a 9-year-old boy died Monday after drowning off the coast of Tahara. A high-wave warning had been issued in the city at the time.

The agency is forecasting a maximum sustained wind speed of 23 meters per second and a maximum instantaneous wind speed of 35 meters per second in the southern Kyushu region and Okinawa Prefecture on Tuesday.

In response to the approach of the typhoon, the Japan Coast Guard announced Monday that it will restrict passage of vessels weighing 100 tons or more on the sea within 3 nautical miles, or some 5.5 km, of the Kansai International Airport starting at 3 p.m. Wednesday, a day earlier than when a warning for strong winds is expected to be issued in the area. The restriction will end when the warning is lifted.

It is the first time for the coast guard to put the measure into practice.

The rule was created in January after superstrong winds caused a tanker to crash into the airport’s access bridge last September, when Typhoon Jebi plowed through the region.

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