Typhoon lashes Okinawa with record rainfall

08/06/2011
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Typhoon No. 9 in Okinawa

NAHA (majirox news) — Record rainfall brought about by typhoon No. 9 is pounding down on Okinawa Aug. 6, prompting the Meteorological Agency to issue landslide and flood warnings.

Intermittent downfalls slammed down on the main island of Okinawa in the 24 hours leading up to 4 a.m. Saturday, dumping an unprecedented 556.5 millimeters (25 inches) of rain.

Heavy rains expected to top 80 millimeters (3 inches) an hour, lightning and thunder are expected to continue to pound the island prefecture, while the southern part of the island of Kyushu can also expect rains of greater than 50 millimeters (2 inches) an hour, the agency said.

Early Saturday, the typhoon was moving slowly westward about 60 kilometers (37 miles) north-northwest of Kume Island, traveling at maximum speeds of 60 kmh (37 mph).

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