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Typhoon Neoguri bears down on Japanese mainland after killing 2 in Okinawa

Published on Jul 9, 2014 12:07 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - Typhoon Neoguri bore down on the Japanese mainland on Wednesday after slamming into the southern Okinawa island chain, killing two people and leaving a trail of damage.

Packing gusts of up to 180 kmh, the typhoon could hit the southern main island of Kyushu as early as Thursday, before moving east along the Japanese archipelago, the national weather agency said.

Officials said Neoguri would bring torrential rainfall and warned of the risk of flooding and landslides after the storm - which has already weakened from a super typhoon - forced half a million people to seek shelter in Okinawa on Tuesday.

By Wednesday morning, the typhoon was some 500km away from the south-western coast of Kyushu, churning north in the East China Sea at 20 kmh.

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