Lekima Heading North Off Okinawa's Remote Islands


Lekima heading north off Okinawa's remote islands

Violent wind from Typhoon Lekima has been battering remote islands in Japan's southwestern prefecture of Okinawa. The Meteorological Agency continues to warn of very strong winds, high waves, and storm surges.

The agency says that as of 6 a.m. on Friday, Lekima was situated 190 kilometers north of Ishigaki Island.

The typhoon is moving north-northwest at 30 kilometers per hour. Gusts of wind reach up to 252 kilometers per hour.

High wind knocked down two elderly women on Okinawa Island on Thursday. Prefectural authorities said the two may have broken legs. And two men in Miyakojima and Ishigaki cities suffered a minor injury to their heads.

A local utility says about 14,000 households are without power in Miyakojima and Ishigaki cities and Tarama Village.

The agency says gusts of wind could reach 180 kilometers per hour on Okinawa's remote islands through Friday and 126 kilometers per hour in the prefecture's main island areas.

The remote islands may receive up to 200 millimeters of rain through Saturday morning.

Extremely high waves of up to 12 meters are expected near the remote islands and 10 meters around Okinawa's main island.