26 Aug '12, 3am

Powerful typhoon approaches Japan's Okinawa island

TOKYO (AP) - An unusually powerful typhoon packing 250 kph gusts is approaching the southern Japanese island of Okinawa. Okinawa weather officials projected that Typhoon Bolaven would be the strongest typhoon to hit the island in several years. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the typhoon was centered about 200km south-east of Okinawa and was expected to pass directly over the island by Sunday evening, dumping as much as 500 millimeters of rain over a 24-hour period. Public broadcaster NHK warned that the storm's strong winds could produce heavy damage and told residents to stay indoors and away from windows.

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