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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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madcap.1 July 09 2014 at 10:28 AM

i hope it kills a million Japanese for every whale these people slaughter every year.
Karma

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

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

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halt1025 July 09 2014 at 2:11 PM

Michelle 2016

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JOHN LYNN TERRY July 09 2014 at 8:08 PM

We can only hope that it does not hit the area of Fukushima on the island of Japan. Those buildings with the melted nuclear reactor fuel are just a prayer away from a nuclear disaster never seen before in the worlds beginning to end.

Bad enough we have three molten pools of nuclear fuel which are sending hundrerds of tons of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean. But if UNIT 4 for example topples and spills all its 1500 used nuclear fuel rods, a fire will erupt sending clouds of burning radiation towards the US and the West Coast of the United States would have to be evacuated. But where is there to go if this happens which would also most likely ignite the other three other fuel pools and set the two unafected reactors ablaze as well.

Then good bye Japan.

Our oceans are dying due to nuclear meltdowns and this is where our oxygen comes from.

It sould almost biblical as nations grow faint out of fear and expectation of what is coming to the inhabited earth.

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