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Huge typhoon rips Okinawa, Kyushu areas

Publication Date : 17-09-2012


Powerful Typhoon No. 16 passed the main Okinawa Island on Sunday, bringing winds of over 200 kph and cutting power to about 80,000 households in Okinawa and Kagoshima prefectures.

The island and the Amami region, including the Amami Islands in Kagoshima Prefecture, were enveloped by the storm zone, and part of southern Kyushu fell under the high wind zone, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Rivers overflowed in several cities including Naha and Nago in Okinawa Prefecture in the morning as the typhoon's approach coincided with a high tide, inundating many houses.

The extremely strong typhoon moved north Sunday without losing strength. The typhoon is forecast to come closest to Kyushu sometime Monday morning, the agency said.

As of noon Sunday, about 80,000 households in Okinawa and Kagoshima prefectures had lost power.


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