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A typhoon on track to rapidly strengthen into a violent storm was moving northwest toward the Japanese archipelago on Saturday, but its uncertain course means it’s too early to know how it will impact the country.

Typhoon Mindulle, the 16th storm named this year by the Meteorological Agency, was designated as “strong” on Saturday, putting it on par with a Category 1 hurricane. As of Saturday afternoon, it was packing sustained winds of 126 kph and maximum gusts of up to 180 kph.

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