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Storms sweep Pacific bringing strong winds and rain

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Storms sweep Pacific bringing strong winds and rain

<p>Hawaii is bracing itself for the arrival of Hurricane Madeline which is sweeping across the Pacific towards the island chain.</p> <p>The sheer size of the weather system was captured on cameras from the International Space Station.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">As major Hurricane Madeline nears the Hawaiian Islands, our satellites monitor from above: <a href="https://t.co/Gi6EFvynMw">https://t.co/Gi6EFvynMw</a> <a href="https://t.co/Uzx4UdwKz5">pic.twitter.com/Uzx4UdwKz5</a></p>— <span class="caps">NASA</span> (@NASA) <a href="https://twitter.com/NASA/status/770652434830135296">August 30, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>With winds expected up to 193 kph the authorities are urging residents to prepare by stocking up on food and emergency supplies.</p> <p>Forecasters are watching the tropical storm as it could potentially coincide with a visit by President Barack Obama.</p> <p>He is scheduled to arrive ahead of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (<span class="caps">IUCN</span>) World Conservation Congress, which starts next week. </p> <p>And in Japan, typhoon Lionrock made landfall on the country’s northeast coast on Tuesday. It brought with it heavy rains along with wind speeds of more than 120 kph.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">NW <span class="caps">PACIFIC</span> <span class="caps">OCEAN</span> <strong>Full Update</strong> <span class="caps">NASA</span>'s Terra Satellite Spies Tropical Storm Weakening Lionrock Over Hokkaido… <a href="https://t.co/8zyqBAbCdQ">https://t.co/8zyqBAbCdQ</a></p>— <span class="caps">NASAH</span>urricane (@NASAHurricane) <a href="https://twitter.com/NASAHurricane/status/770680035690762240">August 30, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Police have reported at least ten deaths, nine of them in a flooded care home for the elderly.</p> <p>The region, Sendai, is the same as was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami five years ago. </p> <p>The category one typhoon dumped about 35 cm of rain, more than the average rainfall for the whole of August.</p>