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Powerful typhoon to hit Okinawa over weekend

TOKYO, Sept. 28 — A powerful typhoon was moving slowly over waters south of Japan's southernmost prefecture of Okinawa on Thursday and will likely hit the main island of Okinawa during the weekend, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

As of 9 p.m., Typhoon Jelawat, with an atmospheric pressure of 920 hectopascals at its center, was traveling north-northwest at a speed of 15 kilometers per hour, packing winds of up to 252 kph. While maintaining its strength, the 17th typhoon of the season is expected to pass near the islands of Ishigaki and Miyako through Friday before hitting the island of Okinawa, according to the agency.

After hitting Okinawa, the typhoon may move closer to western and eastern Japan, the weather agency said. (PNA/Kyodo)

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