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TOKYO -- Torrential rains from a weakened but still dangerous typhoon battered Japan's Okinawa islands on Wednesday, leaving two dead and threatening widespread flooding as the storm headed for the nation's main islands. Typhoon Neoguri had winds gusting up to 100 mph on Wednesday, but weather forecasters said the major concern now was rain.
Authorities warned of record rainfall in Okinawa as rivers in some areas overflowed. More than 200,000 residents were told to leave their homes, down from over 500,000 on Tuesday. "Given the situation, there is still potential for some serious damage," an official from the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) told a news conference. Some 30 people were injured. Around two to four typhoons make landfall in Japan each year but they are unusual in July.