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Weather agency warns of heavy rains, floods as tropical storm approaches

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August 8th, 2006

A powerful tropical storm was approaching Japan’s southwestern coast, the Meteorological Agency said Tuesday, warning of heavy rains and flooding.

The storm, Maria, was packing winds of up to 108 kilometers per hour, located about 90 kilometers off the Cape Shionomisaki on the Kii Peninsula in western Japan as of Tuesday, the agency said.

The agency warned of heavy rains, landslides and floods as Maria approached the coast of the Kii Peninsula at the speed of 15 kilometers per hour.

Up to 40 centimeters of rain was forecast by Wednesday noon in central Japan, according to the agency. It said the storm was moving slow and the rain was expected to continue through Wednesday afternoon.

The agency also said that Typhoon Saomai was moving toward Taiwan at speeds of up to 126 kilometers per hour.

Typhoons and tropical storms frequently hit Japan’s Pacific coastal areas in the summer and fall, triggering deadly flash floods and landslides. (AP)

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