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Typhoon Nari hits Okinawa, Typhoon Danas to approach Japan.

TOKYO, Sept. 7 Kyodo

Typhoon Nari, the 16th typhoon of the season that formed Thursday off Okinawa Prefecture, hit the prefecture Friday bringing heavy rain and wind and injuring one, while Typhoon Danas, the 15th of the season, is expected to soon begin heading for the Japanese archipelago, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Typhoon Nari, which means flower in Korean, hit the main island of Okinawa on Friday morning and then veered out to the Pacific Ocean off the islands.

However, the typhoon, which had an atmospheric pressure of 985 hectopascals at its center as of 9 p.m. Friday, is lingering over waters about 40 kilometers southeast of the island, generating winds up to 90 km per hour (kph).

The agency said the storm could hit the island again overnight and may bring winds of up to 108 kph to the island and its vicinity.

Maiko Tomori, 16, a high school student, fractured her left knee when the strong wind knocked her into a concrete wall at a high school ground in Naha, the capital of Okinawa Prefecture, at around 7:50 a.m.

All public schools and public facilities in the prefecture were eventually closed due to the typhoon.

On Thursday, the rain front activated by an inflow of warm and damp air from Nari lashed many areas in southwestern and western Japan.

Intermittent torrential rain has resulted in injuries to five people and forced 2,700 people from about 1,500 households to evacuate their homes in Kochi Prefecture, western Japan.

On Friday, more than 300 evacuees returned home after the rain passed its peak, while 420 in Tosashimizu and the town of Otsuki remained evacuated at schools.

According to the Kochi prefectural government, more than 1,000 households in the city and the town are cut off from the water supply, while 300 households in the city are being affected by power cuts. In some households, telephone lines were also cut off.

According to the agency's Kochi meteorological observatory, more than 600 millimeters of rain fell in Tosashimizu on Thursday.

Meanwhile, strong and powerful Typhoon Danas, which is now moving westward in the Pacific south of the Japanese archipelago, is expected to change its course and approach Japan's main islands, the agency said. Danas means ''to experience'' in Tagalog.

As of 9 p.m. Friday, Danas, which has atmospheric pressure of 950 hectopascals and winds of up to 144 kph near its center, was located some 450 km east of Chichijima Island in the Ogaswara Islands, which are roughly 1,000 km south of Tokyo, and moving west-northwest at 25 kph.
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Date:Sep 10, 2001
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