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Super typhoon Neoguri threatens Japan's Okinawa

Published on Jul 7, 2014 11:17 AM

TOKYO (AFP) - Super typhoon Neoguri was barrelling toward Japan’s southernmost Okinawa islands on Monday, packing violent winds and torrential rains as the national weather agency warned residents to stay in their homes.

Gusts of up to 270kmh were expected to hit the subtropical island chain early Tuesday and possibly mainland Japan by Wednesday, the agency said.

On Monday morning, the typhoon was about 300km south of Okinawa, with weather officials warning of a possible evacuation order for the archipelago.

“Please be vigilant, stay inside buildings and avoid working outside and making unnecessary trips,” a meteorological agency official said at a press briefing.

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