Japan battered by waves nearly 50ft high as 155mph Typhoon Neoguri lands, causing 500,000 to flee

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
By Paul Martin

Storm landed today on southern islands of Okinawa prefecture
Sustained winds of 108mph have been recorded, with 154mph gusts
Injuries reported already, and a fisherman was swept out to sea
Japanese officials told more than 500,000 people to evacuate

By Kieran Corcoran
DailyMail.com
8 July 2014

A powerful typhoon has pounded southern Japan as residents took refuge from destructive winds, towering waves and storm surges.

Airports closed and residents were evacuated from low-lying areas and shorelines as Typhoon Neoguri was passing through the islands comprising the southern Okinawa prefecture.

The storm has sustained winds of 108mph per hour and gusts up to 154mph, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The storm is due to hit the main Okinawan city of Naha this evening.

The national broadcaster said one woman had suffered a head injury due to the storm and one fisherman was missing after he was swept off a boat in seas near the southern island of Kyushu.

The storm was at its most powerful when passing Okinawa, some 1,600 km (1,000 miles) southwest of Tokyo today.

But forecasters warned of heavy rains and potential flooding in Kyushu, the westernmost of Japan’s main islands, as well as heavy rain in the rest of the nation as the storm turns east later in the week.

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