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Typhoon Lupit makes landfall in Japan, Kusama’s “Pumpkin” damaged

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Typhoon Lupit lashed Japan on Monday with strong winds and heavy rain after making landfall in the southwestern Kyushu region the night before, according to the weather service.

Lupit, the ninth typhoon of the year, is expected to reach the Sea of Japan after making landfall near Kure in Hiroshima prefecture, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency, reports Xinhua news agency.

It will also bring rain and strong winds to parts of western, eastern, and northern Japan through Tuesday.

People are advised to be cautious of potential mudslides and floods.

Mudslide warnings have been issued in parts of Hiroshima, Shimane, Ehime, and Oita prefectures, and some rivers in Hiroshima and Yamaguchi prefectures have reached flood warning levels.

Rainfall is expected to reach 300 mm in the Tokai region of central Japan over the next 24 hours, and between 100 mm and 180 mm in other areas, including the Kanto and Kinki regions.

The typhoon was moving northeast at 45 km/h, about 70 kilometres south-southwest of Yonago, Tottori prefecture.

Lupit’s central atmospheric pressure was 985 hectopascals, and the wind speed reached 126 kph.

The iconic, polka-dotted yellow pumpkin sculpture by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama on the island of Naoshima was dislodged Monday due to strong winds and high tide from a typhoon, and has been removed for restoration, according to the art exhibit.

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