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Japan issues highest alert over super typhoon Neoguri

Published on Jul 7, 2014 5:47 PM
 
Fishing boats are moored at Tomari port in Naha on Japan's southern island of Okinawa as super typhoon Neoguri approaches the region, in this photo taken on July 7, 2014. Japan's weather agency on Monday issued its highest alert as super typhoon Neoguri barreled towards the southern Okinawa island chain, warning of violent winds and high waves. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan’s weather agency on Monday issued its highest alert as super typhoon Neoguri barreled towards the southern Okinawa island chain, warning of violent winds and towering waves from what could be one of the worst storms in decades.

The typhoon warning – the first since a new system began last August – means that the storm poses a threat to life and could inflict massive damage from gusts up to 270 kilometres per hour and torrential rain.

Waves could reach as high as 14 metres, the Japan Meteorological Agency said in a warning that was likely to stoke memories of Japan’s quake-tsunami disaster in 2011.

The alert was aimed at Miyako-jima in the centre of the archipelago, with the massive storm expected to hit more populated areas of Okinawa on Tuesday.

 
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