Japan braces for two approaching typhoons

Last September when typhoon Etau struck in Joso, residents were trapped and were seen waiting for rescue helicopters at a residential area flooded by the Kinugawa river. — Reuters pic
Last September when typhoon Etau struck in Joso, residents were trapped and were seen waiting for rescue helicopters at a residential area flooded by the Kinugawa river. — Reuters pic

TOKYO, Aug 21 — Japan was on alert today for high winds, heavy rain and landslides as the country braces for two typhoons on course to make landfall.

Typhoon Kompasu was expected to hit northern Hokkaido island this evening, packing gusts up to 126 kilometres (80 miles) per hour, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The storm, located in the Pacific some 100 kilometres southeast of Kamaishi city at 9am local time today, was already dumping heavy rain that has flooded rivers in Hokkaido.

The agency issued warnings for heavy rain, landslides and high waves in and around Hokkaido from Kompasu.

Typhoon Mindulle, located in the Pacific 170 kilometres west northwest of Chichijima island at 9am local time today (0000 GMT), was heading north toward the Japanese main island of Honshu with gusts up to 126 kilometres per hour, the agency said.

Mindulle was expected to landfall in central Japan tomorrow morning, possibly close to Tokyo, the agency said.

Meanwhile, Typhoon Lionrock was in the Pacific south of the island of Shikoku, but was not projected to directly hit Japan, the agency said. — AFP

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