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Wednesday, 17th September 2008
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Japan issues storm warning as Sinlaku approaches

Heavy rain, flooding and storm surge alerts have been issued as Tropical Storm Sinlaku heads towards the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa and Kyushu.

Japan's Meteorological Agency said the storm's eye was 145 miles north-northwest of Naha on Okinawa at 15:00 Tokyo time.

Sinlaku, named after a goddess worshipped on the island of Kosrae in Micronesia, is the 15th storm of the north-west Pacific cyclone season, reports Bloomberg.

Meanwhile, the Hong Kong Observatory counts the tropical storm as Japan's 13th of the season.

The storms winds are expected to reach much stronger speeds of 103 kilometres per hour.

In 2004, Japan experienced a record ten landfalls caused by tropical storms and typhoons.

Sinlaku has already claimed 12 lives in Thailand with a further 11 people missing, reports the Sun Daily.

Around 283,000 households have also been left without power and 135 roads have sustained damage.