Typhoon Francisco batters Japan islands

Raw video: Residents of southern Japan preparing for the worst as Typhoon Fransisco advances closer

TORONTO – Warnings and advisories have been issued for the southern islands of Japan as Typhoon Francisco edges ever nearer.

Though the typhoon is forecast to remain offshore, the islands are experiencing high surf, strong winds and heavy rains.

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Francisco, with winds of nearly 120 km/h, was positioned near the islands of Kyushu, Okinawa and Daito as of Thursday morning. High winds and heavy rainfall were already reported in the area.

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued high wave warnings for Okinawa and a gale advisory. Warnings of heavy rain and flooding have been issued for Kyushu and waves of 25 feet have been reported by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

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The path of Typhoon Francisco. Global News/WSI

NASA’s Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) passed over Francisco on Tuesday morning and recorded some thunderstorms within Francisco that measured 12 km high.

The storm is expected to continue northwestward around 12 km/h, however, it is expected to weaken.

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