Typhoon Malou approaches the Ogasawara islands


Typhoon Malou is approaching the Japanese islands of Ogasawara in the Pacific. Residents are advised to be vigilant in strong winds and high waves.

The Meteorological Agency said the typhoon was near the Ogasawara Islands and was moving north at a speed of about 10 kilometers per hour at 9 a.m. Japan time on Thursday.

Its central atmospheric pressure is 975 hectopascals and its maximum wind speed is 126 kilometers per hour at its center. Its instantaneous maximum wind speed is 180 kilometers.

Gusts of more than 90 kilometers per hour are observed within a radius of 110 kilometers from the center.

Parts of the islands are now in the storm zone and the winds are picking up.

The typhoon is expected to maintain its strength as it gets closest to the islands on Thursday night.

A maximum wind speed of 144 kilometers per hour and maximum gusts of up to 198 kilometers per hour are expected. Waves of ten meters are expected offshore.

Islanders should be prepared for torrential rains. Precipitation over a 24-hour period through Friday morning is expected to reach 180 millimeters.

The Meteorological Agency urges people to prepare for possible landslides, flooding in low areas and swollen rivers.

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