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After Floods and Heatwave, Japan Braces for Typhoon Jongdari

  • Jongdari set to be first typhoon to make landfall this year
  • Heavy rainfall brings risks to areas hit by deadly flooding
High temperatures in Tokyo on July 24. 

High temperatures in Tokyo on July 24. 

Photographer: Martin Bureau/AFP via Getty Images

Typhoon Jongdari is set to make landfall on Japan’s mainland this weekend, bringing heavy rain and strong winds to much of a country hit in recent weeks by a deadly heatwave and historic flooding.

The typhoon was located off Chichijima, an island in the Pacific about 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) southeast of Tokyo, as of 2 p.m. Japan time Friday. Carrying sustained winds of 144 kilometers (89 miles) per hour, it’s expected to speed up and maintain its intensity as it nears the mainland on Saturday afternoon, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.