Powerful typhoon pounds Japan’s Okinawa islands

Japan Asia Storm

TOKYO (AP) — A powerful typhoon has been pounding the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa today. The storm paralyzed transportation, and it prompted U.S. forces that are based there to cancel all outdoor activity.

The Okinawan government says ten people were hurt. And a man was reported missing from a fishing boat north of Okinawa.

The typhoon was one of the strongest and biggest to hit during Japan’s summer months. It packed top winds of 120 miles an hour.

Airports were closed, and nearly 600,000 people were advised to leave their homes — although most stayed put.

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