Typhoon Nepartak makes landfall in Japan's northeastern Miyagi prefecture
TOKYO, July 28 -- The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said typhoon Nepartak has turned northward and made landfall on the Pacific coast of the northeastern Miyagi prefecture on Wednesday morning, veering off its primarily expected course toward the Tokyo area, Xinhua quoted local media on Wednesday.
The season's eighth typhoon reached the nearby region of Ishinomaki shortly before 6.00 am local time, bringing strong winds and high waves, but is projected to weaken into an extratropical cyclone later in the day as it crosses the northeast area and heads toward the Sea of Japan, according to the JMA.
Nepartak was moving north-northwest at about 30 kilometres per hour (kph) with an atmospheric pressure of 994 hectopascals at its centre. It is packing winds of up to 72 kph and maximum gusts of 108 kph, the JMA said. Meanwhile, winds of more than 54 kph are blowing within 500 km north and 390 km south of the centre.
The typhoon is forecast to bring rainfall of up to 100 millimetres in northeastern Japan over the next 24 hours, according to the JMA.
Typhoon Nepartak’s effect on the Olympic games was milder than originally feared. One of women's soccer matches in Miyagi was held as scheduled on Tuesday though some rowing and archery events have been rescheduled.