Powerful typhoon approaching Japanese islands, Taiwan

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A powerful typhoon was bearing down on south-western Japanese islands and Taiwan Monday with authorities warning of strong winds, high waves and heavy rain.

More than 300 residents evacuated their homes on the islands of Yonaguni and Ishigaki and about 100 households lost electricity in the region, the local Ryukyu Shimpo newspaper reported.

Dozens of flights were cancelled in the prefecture of Okinawa.

As of 9 am (0000 GMT), the eye of the storm was about 110 kilometres south of Iriomote island, travelling west-north-west 15 kilometres per hour (kph), the Meteorological Agency said.

The season’s 21st typhoon had maximum sustained winds of 180 kph and gusts of 252 kph, the agency said.

Typhoon Dujuan was projected to hit Taiwan later in the day, where the authorities warned of flooding in coastal and low-lying areas.

The high-speed rail and some flights would be cancelled, state-run Central News Agency said.

Dujuan would be the second typhoon to hit Taiwan in two months after typhoon Soudelor killed eight people in August.

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