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Japan prepares for third typhoon

Just a week after being pummelled by typhoons Mindulle and Kompasu, Japan is bracing for another bout of severe weather.

This time it is Typhoon Lionrock, moving in from the Pacific. It was close to the southern islands of Okinawa yesterday and was expected to move north-west towards Tokyo.

An advisory was issued warning of high waves and thunderstorms all along Japan's eastern coast, CNN reported.

Both Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways warned of possible disruptions to flights.

Typhoon Lionrock is also forecast to bring strong winds and torrential rain to north-east China over the next few days, Xinhua reported, quoting the meteorological authority.

Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning and Inner Mongolia are expected to see heavy rainfall.

Local governments were urged to stay on high alert for flooding and to prepare relief materials.

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