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Typhoon heads toward Kyushu after slamming Okinawa



By YURI KAGEYAMA

TOKYO (AP) -- A powerful storm slammed through the southwestern Japanese island of Okinawa, leaving at least 28 people injured and 63,000 homes without power before swerving toward the bigger island of Kyushu on Wednesday.

The Okinawan government raised the injury toll to 28 from 17 the day before, two of them seriously. Separately, a man has already been reported missing from a fishing boat in rough seas off Kyushu to the north.

Weakened Typhoon Neoguri Heads For Japanese Mainland

Typhoon Neoguri, one of the biggest storms to hit during Japan's summer, appeared to be headed toward Kyushu, where it could land Thursday. Then it could travel across the main island of Honshu.

Neoguri, which means "raccoon dog" in Korean, was moving northward at 25 kilometers an hour (15 miles an hour) packing sustained winds of 126 kilometers an hour (78 miles an hours) by midday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Kyushu's Fukuoka Prefecture issued warnings for strong winds, high tides and heavy rains, and advised people to stay indoors as much as possible.

On Okinawa, evacuation orders were issued to 125,000 households, or nearly 300,000 people, according to the prefectural government.

The main airport on Okinawa, Naha, was closed Tuesday but reopened Wednesday, although some morning flights were canceled.

"Rain has finally stopped, but there is still some wind, and we are checking into any damages at the airport," said spokesman Takumi Higa, while adding that there were no reports of any damage so far.

Airports in Kyushu were still open, but late flights were canceled, and additional cancellations may be in the works.

Japan Airlines, the nation's flagship carrier, cancelled 11 flights for Wednesday mostly flights leaving Tokyo for Kyushu, said spokesman Kentaro Nakamura.

Authorities in China and Taiwan have also warned ships to stay clear of the storm.

The torrents of rainfall set off by Neoguri could trigger landslides and floods. Heavy rainfall was expected to hit much of eastern Japan, setting off risks of lightning and tornadoes.

Neoguri left toppled trees, flooded cars and bent railings in its path, according to the Okinawan government, in what it said was the heaviest rainfall experienced there in a half century.

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arcoregar July 09 2014 at 6:48 AM

63,000 without power? That's an average thunderstorm in Chicago.

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pdbliz July 09 2014 at 9:25 AM

Hope the storm lands in WASHINGTON DC at the capital building while all are in it.!!! BOTH PARTIES.!!!!

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mgt0331 July 09 2014 at 1:56 PM

Definitely Obamas fault

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Mike July 09 2014 at 6:10 AM

This would be a good time for the US to reoccupy Japan.

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Louis Mike July 09 2014 at 7:48 AM

Why? We cant handle what we've got here in our own back yard, why would we want more costly problems and headaches.

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bd64kcmo Mike July 09 2014 at 11:41 AM

Go ahead. Reoccupy Japan. We're all waiting with baited breath, Napoleon.

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clwgeorgetownlaw July 09 2014 at 1:42 PM

Obama's fault, right baggers?

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pdbliz clwgeorgetownlaw July 09 2014 at 5:01 PM

Are you RACIST.????

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coreelectric clwgeorgetownlaw July 09 2014 at 5:58 PM

pb, are you suggesting that clwgeorge is biased against fat, blubberheaded, greedy, heartless, idiots?

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coreelectric July 09 2014 at 5:56 PM

Now that it's impossible for anyone to deny that global warming is causing more and more catastrophic damage and taking more lives than ever, the former deniers are now following the suggestions from the elitists that the earth IS getting warmer, but man has nothing to do with it. People as impressionable as those will never have a clue.

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halt1025 July 09 2014 at 2:11 PM

Michelle 2016

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I LOVE YOU JENNY July 09 2014 at 6:11 PM

What soggy sushi again????????

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sjean721 July 09 2014 at 1:48 PM

Hope our Marines over there are OK and come home. Protecting OUR borders would be a great line of work for them. They signed up to protect OUR country, OUR people. Sorry for the people in Japan, espeically the kids and babies.

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dennis July 09 2014 at 5:28 PM

having rode out many typhoons on the 67 mile long 3.5 mile wide island of okinawa, this was really nothing...unlike our homes along the gulf and atlantic coasts, the homes on okinawa are built to survive the strongest of storms.....on most structures, the pitch on the roofs are nothing compared to the usa....from the edge to the peak, the total rise is seldom more than 3 feet....and the roofs like the 4 walls are concrete, so, no shingles blown away, and no water leaks...

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