Typhoon Vongfong Churns Toward Okinawa


TOKYO, Oct 11 (Reuters) – A large powerful typhoon moved slowly towards Japan’s Okinawa island chain on Saturday, packing heavy winds that disrupted flights and knocked out power. Typhoon Vongfong, Japan’s strongest storm this year, at 0500 GMT Saturday was about 150 km (94 miles) southeast of Naha City, the biggest city in Okinawa, and moving north at 15 kph (9 mph), Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said. Its winds gusted up to 234 kph (146 mph). Fourteen people in Okinawa and Kagoshima prefecture in Kyushu were injured due to strong winds, the Mainichi newspaper reported. It was likely to be closest to Okinawa – 1,600 km (1,000 miles) southwest of Tokyo, and the home of the largest…

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