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'Maria' to slam into Japan's Pacific coast

india Updated: Aug 08, 2006 11:55 IST

A moderate typhoon is set to slam into the Pacific coast of central Japan on Tuesday, threatening to bring heavy rainfall, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Typhoon Maria, packing winds of upto 108 kilometers (68 miles) per hour, was located in the northwestern Pacific some 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of Japan's main island of Honshu at mid-morning, the agency said.

It was moving northwest at a speed of 72 kilometers (45 miles) per hour and is expected to make landfall on the Pacific coast late on Tuesday, the agency said, forecasting 35 centimeters (14 inches) of rain in 24 hours in the area.

Two other typhoons are also travelling near Japan. Saomai is on course to hit the southern island chain of Okinawa and Bopha is heading toward Taiwan by sideswiping the southern part of Okinawa, the agency said.

The typhoons are separate from powerful Prapiroon, which killed at least 80 people and sent some 7,000 buildings collapsing after smashing last week into China's southern Guangdong province.