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Cyclone barrels towards Japan's Okinawa

01 July 2018, MVT 20:05
Birds eye view facing Camp Hansen in Okinawa which serves as a base for the U.S. Marine Corps. PHOTO: ASAHI SHIMBUN FILES
01 July 2018, MVT 20:05

Okinawa residents braced for large waves and violent winds Sunday after weather authorities warned of a fierce cyclone approaching the southern Japanese island. Typhoon Prapiroon was closing in on Okinawa's capital Naha on Sunday afternoon while packing gusts of up to 144 kilometres (90 miles) per hour, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. It was expected to draw close to the Okinawa island Sunday night through to the next morning before veering towards southwestern Japan and the Korean peninsula, the agency said. Large storms regularly strike Japan over summer and early autumn, often causing fatal landslides and flooding.

Tokyo, Japan | AFP

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