Japan issues warning over typhoon Chanthu

Tokyo, Aug 16 (IANS) Japanese authorities on Tuesday issued warnings of a powerful typhoon that was expected to hit the country.

Typhoon Chanthu, the seventh of the season, is expected to bring torrential rains to the east and northeast through Wednesday, with the storm currently located east-southeast and just 200 km short of Hachijo island, Xinhua news agency reported.

The island was experiencing strong gusts of up to 180 km per hour.

The typhoon was thereafter expected to downgrade from a typhoon to an extratropical cyclone as it heads out to the Sea of Okhotsk by Thursday, the authorities said.



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