Typhoon Chaba strikes Japan.
TOKYO, Oct 5 (KUNA) -- Typhoon Chaba approached Japan on Wednesday, with the Japan Meteorological Agency warning of possible heavy rains, high waves and strong winds. As of 1 p.m. (0400 GMT), the season's 18th typhoon was moving in a northeast direction over the Sea of Japan at 160 km north of Tsushima islets chain at a speed of about 50 km per hour, according to the weather agency. The storm was packing gusts of up to 180 kph, with an atmospheric pressure of 970 hectopascals at its center. Typhoon Chaba is forecast to make landfall in Japan's main island of Honshu from Wednesday evening to Thursday morning before moving out into the Pacific, the agency said. Authorities in Tsushima advised more than 30,000 people to evacuate their homes. It also forced airlines to cancel at least 140 flights on Wednesday. (end) mam.lb
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