Japan braced for powerful typhoon Guchol
A typhoon named Guchol threatens Japan with thunderstorms, strong winds and high winds, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 06:11 AM
A man evacuates a pig after the streets of Manila in the Philippines were flooded by Typhoon Guchol on June 18. (Photo: Noel Celis/AFP Global Edition)
Japan's Pacific coast was bracing itself for a powerful typhoon June 18 as it headed northeast along the Okinawa Islands, packing winds of up to 144 kilometres (90 miles) per hour, officials said.
The Japan Meteorological Agency warned that the typhoon, named Guchol, could cause thunderstorms, strong winds and high waves as it was expected to push a seasonal rain front north toward the Japanese main islands.
The storm system was located about 170 kilometres (106 miles) southeast of Okinawa's main city of Naha at 6:00 pm (0900 GMT) and was forecast to reach the main southern island of Kyushu midmorning on June 19, the agency said.
Rainfall of up to 40 centimetres (16 inches) in 24 hours was expected along the Pacific coast, the agency said.
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