Typhoon Neoguri makes landfall in Japan

2014-07-10 14:43
A woman squats down to avoid strong winds brought by Typhoon Neoguri along a street in Naha.(Jiji Press, AFP)

A woman squats down to avoid strong winds brought by Typhoon Neoguri along a street in Naha.(Jiji Press, AFP)

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Tokyo - Typhoon Neoguri slammed into Japan's southern main island early Thursday after lashing the Okinawa island chain, with three people killed as powerful winds and torrential rains battered the country.

"It landed near Akune City shortly before 07:00, an official at the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Akune sits on the western coast of Japan's southern main island of Kyushu.

The typhoon's winds slowed somewhat overnight, with the storm packing gusts of up to 126km/h as it moved east.

The system is forecast to move along the Japanese archipelago later in the week after crossing Kyushu.

Officials said Neoguri would bring torrential rain and warned of the risk of flooding and landslides, after the storm forced local authorities to advise half a million people to seek shelter in Okinawa earlier in the week.
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