Flights cancelled as typhoon nears Japan's Okinawa island chain
TOKYO (AFP) - Powerful Typhoon Fitow forced flight cancellations and power outages as it barrelled towards Japan's southern island chain of Okinawa on Saturday, officials said.
Japan, Taiwan and China were all bracing for the storm, with Japan's meteorological agency warning of strong winds and heavy rain, as well as the risk of tornados, just two weeks after Typhoon Usagi wreaked havoc in the region.
At 4pm, Fitow was about 160km south-west of Okinawa, and moving slowly north-west.
Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways and its low-cost carrier Peach Aviation said that their flights to and from Naha had been cancelled because the typhoon.