(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
Typhoon Muifa approached Japan's southern islands on Sunday,
prompting officials to issue a warning for locals to seek shelter
from the“violent waves and winds” before it made landfall,
According to Japan Meteorological Agency, Muifa is expected to
maintain its strength and hit Ishigaki island, near Taiwan, on
Monday before heading north toward Shanghai and its surrounding
As of Sunday afternoon, the typhoon was located 180 kilometers
(110 miles) south of Ishigaki, packing gusts up to 216 kilometers
per hour as it moves northwest, the agency said.
“Very strong Typhoon Muifa is expected to draw very close to (to
the region surrounding Ishigaki) on Monday. Violent waves and wind
are expected in the region through Tuesday,” the agency said.
While the speed of the typhoon could slow down,“the area may
remain under its effects for a long time,” it added.
The government of Okinawa -- a prefecture comprising Japan's
more than 150 southern islands -- requested for the elderly on
Ishigaki and other area islands to seek shelter before the typhoon
reach the region.
“I would like to ask everyone to be vigilant against violent
winds, heavy rains... and take action to protect lives as a top
priority,” Okinawa governor Denny Tamaki said Sunday.
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