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Japan government creates emergency headquarters due to coming typhoon

July 07, 2014, 10:18 UTC+3 TOKYO
Gusts of hurricane winds in the central part of typhoon reach 70 metres per second. It can easily overthrow a car driving on the road and splash up waves up to 14 metres high off the coast.
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Typhoon Neoguri heading towards Japan

Typhoon Neoguri heading towards Japan

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TOKYO, July 07. /ITAR-TASS/. Japanese government has created special emergency headquarters due to typhoon Neoguri, the strongest in the last few decades, coming to southern Japan.

Weather forecasting service of the country asked residents in southernmost prefecture Okinawa to take all safety measures and not to come to the coastal line.

All ferry traffic was halted in this area, fishing vessels are being brought on the coast or fishermen try to bring them to shelter at safe bays. Different air companies are reporting about flights cancelled to remote islands and the city of Naha, an administrative centre of Okinawa.

Neoguri that means racoon in Korean is moving to this island with a speed of 20 kilometres per hour from the southeast. It will reach Okinawa by Tuesday morning.

Gusts of hurricane winds in the central part of typhoon reach 70 metres per second. Such a strong hurricane can easily overthrow a car driving on the road and splash up waves up to 14 metres high off the coast.

The situation is complicated by the fact heavy rains that triggered floods and landslides are already falling on Japanese island Kyushu situated to the north of Okinawa. A record precipitation of 370 millimetres was reported in the area of the city of Amakusa over the past day. As many as 87 thousand people have already received recommendations for evacuation on Kyushu. More large-scale natural disasters may be stirred up by these heavy rains alongside the typhoon moving from the south.

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