Lekima Moving Away From Okinawa's Remote Islands


Lekima moving away from Okinawa's remote islands

Typhoon Lekima is moving away from remote islands in Japan's southwestern prefecture of Okinawa. But weather officials are urging caution for strong winds, high waves and storm surges.

The Meteorological Agency says that as of 9 a.m. on Friday, Lekima was about 260 kilometers north of Ishigaki Island and was moving northwest at 30 kilometers per hour.

The typhoon had a central pressure of 935 hectopascals, with a maximum wind speed near its center of 180 kilometers per hour.

The agency says up to 200 millimeters of rain may fall on the remote islands through Saturday morning.

A local power company says that as of 9 a.m. on Friday, about 14,000 households were without electricity in four municipalities, including Miyakojima City.