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Typhoons threaten Taiwan, Japan

TOKYO -- Typhoon Tembin, which drenched southern Taiwan last week before going out to sea, appeared to be looping back yesterday for another run at the island and the nearby Philippines, forecasters said.

The revisit comes after another storm about 750 miles to the northeast, Typhoon Bolaven, lashed the Japanese island of Okinawa. It injured five people and left 66,500 households without power, but did less damage than feared before moving north into the East China Sea.

Bolaven could affect coastal areas of South Korea by today, weather officials said.

Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau predicted that Tembin would make landfall early today in the same part of southern Taiwan where it dumped more than 20 inches of rain three days ago.

Tembin, packing winds of 75 mph, was likely to skirt the eastern Taiwan coast before moving northward toward the Chinese mainland, the bureau said.

In Manila, the Philippine weather agency reissued typhoon warnings to residents and fishermen for Tembin, which blew out of the archipelago over the weekend. Fishing boats in the north were urged not to venture out to sea while larger ships were warned of possible big waves and heavy rains.

While Tembin was not likely to blow onto land, Filipino forecaster Manny Mendoza said its 375-mile-wide cloud band would probably intensify monsoon rains and bring strong winds and thunderstorms to the country's still-soggy north.

Disaster officials in Okinawa were relieved that Bolaven, which had been billed as the strongest storm to hit the southern Japanese islands in several years, ended up being weaker than expected.

Okinawa authorities reported no major damage aside from the blackouts. In the nearby Amami islands there were reports of damaged houses, but information was still being collected.

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