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Typhoon Neoguri battered Japan's Okinawa islands with sustained winds of 120 mph Tuesday, paralyzing transport and forcing the U.S. military to move 61 aircraft from Kadena Air Base. More than 86,000 households were without power, broadcaster NHK reported as the "once in a decade" storm generated waves up to 46 feet high. At least eight people were injured, including an 83-year-old woman who climbed a ladder to check her roof and fell, hitting her head.
Meteorologists said the system had weakened from super typhoon to a regular typhoon, but authorities still advised almost 600,000 residents to evacuate. There were also fears that heavy rains could case landslides and flooding on the mainland. The U.S. military moved its aircraft – including C-130s, KC-135s, and half a dozen Ospreys – to mainland Japan, Guam, Korea, and the Philippines, but most personnel remained at the base, officials said.
- Okinawa, Japan in Path of Strongest Typhoon So Far in 2014 (The Weather Channel)
- Alastair Jamieson and Arata Yamamoto
The Associated Press contributed to this report.