Powerful typhoon pounds Japan’s Okinawa islands

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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APPHOTO NY107: In this image provided by NASA, Typhoon Neoguri churns toward Okinawa and southern Japan on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. One of the strongest and biggest typhoons to hit during Japan’s summer months, Neoguri was packing sustained winds of 194 kilometers (120 miles) per hour and gusts up to 240 kph (148 mph), the Japan Meteorological Agency said. (AP Photo/NASA) (8 Jul 2014)

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APPHOTO TOK802: A man walks across a street amid strong winds in Naha, Okinawa, southern Japan, Tuesday, July 8, 2014. Powerful Typhoon Neoguri pounded across the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa on Tuesday, as residents took refuge from destructive winds, towering waves and storm surges. Airports closed and residents were evacuated from low-lying areas and shorelines as the typhoon passed over Okinawa, packing sustained winds of 175 kilometers (108 miles) per hour and gusts up to 250 kph (154 mph), the Japan Meteorological Agency said. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY (8 Jul 2014)

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