JAPAN ON HIGHEST TYPHOON ALERT

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TOKYO: Japan braced on Tuesday for one of its worst storms in years as Typhoon Neoguri barrelled towards the southern Okinawa island chain, with the national weather agency issuing its highest alert and nearly half-a-million people urged to take shelter. The top-level warning means a threat to life, as well as the risk of storm surges, landslides and massive damage from the typhoon packing gusts of up to 250 kilometers (155 miles) per hour. The Japan Meteorological Agency late Monday issued the alert for Okinawa’s main island, home to around 1.2 million people, as well as the outlying Miyako islands. Waves could reach as high as 14 meters (45 feet), a weather agency official said.

AFP

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