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Typhoon Fengshen to pass near Kyushu.

TOKYO, July 25 Kyodo

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Powerful Typhoon Fengshen, packing maximum winds of 108 kilometers per hour, was moving steadily westward Thursday and threatening to pass close to Japan's main southern island of Kyushu by early Friday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

As the season's ninth typhoon advanced, the island of Tanegashima in Kagoshima Prefecture and neighboring prefectures were hit by heavy rain and strong winds.

The agency issued heavy rain and high wave warnings for other areas along the Pacific through early Friday, particularly in Kyushu and the Amami Islands.

At 6 p.m., the storm was some 70 km southeast of Tanegashima and moving west at about 30 kph.

It had an atmospheric pressure of 970 hectopascals, according to the agency.

Waves over 6 meters high were observed along the Pacific coasts.

All Nippon Airways (ANA), Japan Airlines and Japan Air System canceled more than 30 flights between Tokyo and southwestern Japan on Thursday as Fengshen threatened to hit Kyushu and the Amami Islands, the airlines said.

Some 30 millimeters of rain per hour may fall in regions along the Pacific. Up to 300 mm may fall in Kyushu by Friday evening and up to 150 mm in Japan's smallest main island of Shikoku, the agency said.

The typhoon is expected to maintain its strength and come within 110 km of a point 100 km south-southwest of Fukue Island in Nagasaki Prefecture by 6 a.m. Friday.
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