Supertyphoon Nabi Heads for Southern Japan’s Kyushu Island
Sept. 5 (Bloomberg) — Supertyphoon Nabi is heading toward Japan’s southern island of Kyushu with wind speeds of almost 101 miles per hour, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
Nabi, which is categorized as “extremely strong,” was 99 miles east-southeast of Japan’s Amami-Oshima Island, 236 miles south-southwest of Kagoshima City, Kyushu, as of 6:50 a.m. local time, according to the agency’s Web site.
It may pass close to Japan’s third-largest island of Kyushu and reach the southwestern prefecture of Shimane on the main island of Honshu early tomorrow, the agency said on its web site. The agency warned of heavy rain and local flooding on the east coast of Kyushu and southern Honshu today.
Supertyphoon Nabi, the 14th storm of the Pacific typhoon season, is moving north at a speed of 9.3 miles per hour, the weather agency’s Web site said. Nabi means butterfly in Korean.
Typhoon Mawar last month caused flight cancellations, power outages and halted sea shipments of oil products.
A record 10 typhoons and tropical storms hit Japan last year, leaving scores dead and causing billions of dollars of damage. Typhoon Tokage, the strongest in more than a decade, left at least 61 people dead in October.
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Last Updated: September 4, 2005 18:58 EDT
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