Typhoon heads toward Kyushu after slamming Okinawa

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A landslide is caused by heavy rain in Nago, Japan's southern island of Okinawa on July 9, 2014. Typhoon Neoguri lashed Japan's southern Okinawa islands, reportedly leaving two dead and forcing more than half a million to seek shelter, as the region's worst storm in years damaged buildings, downed trees and brought air and sea traffic to a halt. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)
Landslide caused by a heavy rain in Nago, Japan's southern island of Okinawa on July 9, 2014. Typhoon Neoguri lashed Japan's southern Okinawa islands, reportedly leaving two dead and forcing more than half a million to seek shelter, as the region's worst storm in years damaged buildings, downed trees and brought air and sea traffic to a halt. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)
People look at a landslide caused by heavy rain in Nago, Japan's southern island of Okinawa on July 9, 2014. Typhoon Neoguri lashed Japan's southern Okinawa islands, reportedly leaving two dead and forcing more than half a million to seek shelter, as the region's worst storm in years damaged buildings, downed trees and brought air and sea traffic to a halt. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)
NAHA, OKINAWA, JAPAN - JULY 08: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) A restaurant is destroyed by the storm by the Typhoon Neoguri, or no. 8, on July 8, 2014 in Naha, Okinawa, Japan. The Japan Meteorological Agency have issued a caution that the typhoon is one of the 'biggest class typhoon in July', approximately 1,000 residents in Okinawa mainland have evacuated. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
NAHA, OKINAWA, JAPAN - JULY 08: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) A man removes a branch which was blown off by a storm as the Typhoon Neoguri, or no. 8, hits on July 8, 2014 in Naha, Okinawa, Japan. The Japan Meteorological Agency have issued a caution that the typhoon is one of the 'biggest class typhoon in July', approximately 1,000 residents in Okinawa mainland have evacuated. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
NAHA, OKINAWA, JAPAN - JULY 08: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) A street trees are blown by the storm by the Typhoon Neoguri, or no. 8, on July 8, 2014 in Naha, Okinawa, Japan. The Japan Meteorological Agency have issued a caution that the typhoon is one of the 'biggest class typhoon in July', approximately 1,000 residents in Okinawa mainland have evacuated. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
NAHA, OKINAWA, JAPAN - JULY 08: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) A tree on a street is fallen by a storm triggered by the Typhoon Neoguri, or no. 8, on July 8, 2014 in Naha, Okinawa, Japan. The Japan Meteorological Agency have issued a caution that the typhoon is one of the 'biggest class typhoon in July', approximately 1,000 residents in Okinawa mainland have evacuated. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
Trees have collapsed by strong wind on a street at Naha in Japan's southern island of Okinawa on July 8, 2014. Japan was bracing for one of its worst storms in over a decade as typhoon Neoguri barreled towards the southern Okinawa island chain, with 55,000 people urged to evacuate as the weather agency issued its highest alert. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)
Roadside trees are blasted by strong winds along relatively empty streets in Naha on Japan's southern island of Okinawa as Typhoon Neoguri hit the area on July 8, 2014. Japan was bracing on July 8 for one of its worst storms in over a decade as Typhoon Neoguri barreled towards the southern Okinawa island chain, with 55,000 people urged to evacuate as the weather agency issued its highest alert. JAPAN OUT AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman squats down to avoid strong winds brought by Typhoon Neoguri along a street in Naha on Japan's southern island of Okinawa on July 8, 2014. Japan was bracing on July 8 for one of its worst storms in over a decade as Typhoon Neoguri barreled towards the southern Okinawa island chain, with 55,000 people urged to evacuate as the weather agency issued its highest alert. JAPAN OUT AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)
Trees have collapsed by strong wind at Naha in Japan's southern island of Okinawa on July 8, 2014. Japan was bracing for one of its worst storms in over a decade as typhoon Neoguri barreled towards the southern Okinawa island chain, with 55,000 people urged to evacuate as the weather agency issued its highest alert. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)
Pedestrians walk against strong wind at Naha in Japan's southern island of Okinawa on July 8, 2014. Japan was bracing for one of its worst storms in over a decade as typhoon Neoguri barreled towards the southern Okinawa island chain, with 55,000 people urged to evacuate as the weather agency issued its highest alert. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)
Vehicles drivve on a wet road at Naha in Japan's southern island of Okinawa on July 8, 2014 . Japan was bracing for one of its worst storms in over a decade as typhoon Neoguri barreled towards the southern Okinawa island chain, with 55,000 people urged to evacuate as the weather agency issued its highest alert. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT (Photo credit should read JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)
Local residents battle strong wind as they walk on a suspension bridge in the New Taipei City as typhoon Neoguri near the eastern Taiwan on July 8, 2014. Japan was bracing for one of its worst storms in over a decade as typhoon Neoguri barreled towards the southern Okinawa island chain, with 55,000 people urged to evacuate as the weather agency issued its highest alert. AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)
Local residents walk on a suspension bridge in the New Taipei City as typhoon Neoguri near the eastern Taiwan on July 8, 2014. Japan was bracing for one of its worst storms in over a decade as typhoon Neoguri barreled towards the southern Okinawa island chain, with 55,000 people urged to evacuate as the weather agency issued its highest alert. AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)
A man swims in the Hsintien river in the New Taipei City as typhoon Neoguri nears the eastern Taiwan on July 8, 2014. Japan was bracing for one of its worst storms in over a decade as typhoon Neoguri barreled towards the southern Okinawa island chain, with 55,000 people urged to evacuate as the weather agency issued its highest alert. AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)
Local residents battle strong wind as they walk on a suspension bridge in the New Taipei City as typhoon Neoguri near the eastern Taiwan on July 8, 2014. Japan was bracing for one of its worst storms in over a decade as typhoon Neoguri barreled towards the southern Okinawa island chain, with 55,000 people urged to evacuate as the weather agency issued its highest alert. AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)
JAPAN - JULY 7: In this handout provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Super Typhoon Neoguri approaches Okinawa island on July 7, 2014 in Japan. With sustained winds of 198 kilometers per hour, the storm could be one of the strongest to hit Japan in decades. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)
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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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