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Tropical storm unleashes rain, strong winds in south Japan

October 10, 2020 GMT
A woman walks through a shopping street in Tokyo on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. A slow-moving typhoon off Japan's southern coast has triggered gusts and rain across a large part of the country and could bring heavy rains to the Tokyo region through early next week, though it was not expected to make landfall, officials said Friday. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)
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A woman walks through a shopping street in Tokyo on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. A slow-moving typhoon off Japan's southern coast has triggered gusts and rain across a large part of the country and could bring heavy rains to the Tokyo region through early next week, though it was not expected to make landfall, officials said Friday. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)
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A woman walks through a shopping street in Tokyo on Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. A slow-moving typhoon off Japan's southern coast has triggered gusts and rain across a large part of the country and could bring heavy rains to the Tokyo region through early next week, though it was not expected to make landfall, officials said Friday. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

TOKYO (AP) — Tropical Storm Chan-hom brought powerful winds and rain to southern Japan on Saturday, with the weather bureau warning of landslides and flooding in most of the country.

The storm, packing sustained winds of up to 107 kilometers (67 miles) per hour, was moving in waters south of Japan, near the main southwestern island of Shikoku.

It had been downgraded from a typhoon earlier in the week. It was expected to hover eastward, affecting Honshu as well as smaller islands such as Izu by early Sunday.

The storm was not expected to seriously affect Tokyo or make direct landfall.

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Weather forecasts warned of a heavy downpour and fierce winds, which may cause rivers to swell and towering waves in coastal areas as well as mudslides.

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