JAPAN – super typhoon described as a “once in decades, storm”

TOKYO: On Monday, a super typhoon described as a “once in decades, storm” was leading north for Japan, set to rake the southern Okinawa island chain with heavy rainfall and powerful winds previously making landfall on Kyushu, Japan’s westernmost main island.

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Typhoon Neoguri was already gusting at more than 250 km an hour (150 mph) and may pick up still more power as it goes north, developing into an “extremely intense” storm by Tuesday, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) stated.

The storm was south of Okinawa, but moving northwest at 20 kilometers per hour (12 miles per hour) with confirmed winds of 180 kilometers per hour (110 miles per hour), the JMA said on its website, warning of high tides and lashing rain.

All are halted in line with current national policy. A spokeswoman at Kyushu Electric Power Co said there are no specific plans related to this typhoon but that the company has plans in place throughout this year to protect the plants from severe weather.

The commander at Kadena Air Base, one of the biggest U.S. military establishments in Okinawa, which hosts the majority of the U.S. forces in Japan, warned that damaging winds were expected by early Tuesday.

Though officials warned that shares of western Japan were likely to be hit by torrential rain, Tokyo was likely to be spared the brunt. Approximately two to four typhoons a year makes landfall in Japan, simply they are unusual in July.

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