Typhoon hits southwestern Japan with strong winds, heavy rain pours

Typhoon Guchol lashed southwestern Japan today with strong winds and heavy rain as it moved toward the center of the country, forcing airlines and train operators to cancel services amid warnings of flooding and landslides.

Guchol was about 25 miles southwest of Owase city, Mie prefecture at 6 p.m. local time, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. Sustained winds were 81 mph, making it a Category 1 storm, the weakest on the five-step Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

The storm is forecast to pass over the eastern Kanto region that includes Tokyo before weakening into a tropical storm as it crosses Japan’s main island of Honshu.

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