Sunday, September 25, 2005

Typhoon Saola to Bring Rain to Tokyo as It Sweeps Pacific Coast

Typhoon Saola will bring heavy rain to Tokyo and surrounding areas as it heads northeast along Japan's Pacific coast, the country's weather agency said.
The typhoon was about 230 kilometers (143 miles) south of Choshi in Chiba prefecture, which borders Tokyo, at 11:50 a.m. local time, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency's Web site. The storm is heading northeast at about 30 kilometers an hour, and may bring up to 50 millimeters (2 inches) of rain per hour, the site said.
Saola, which the agency recognizes as the 17th typhoon this year, is the name in Vietnamese for a recently discovered type of forest-dwelling ox.
Typhoon Nabi earlier this month caused landslides and floods after battering southwest Japan with rain and winds as fast as 162 kilometers per hour


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