Typhoon Hits Okinawa's Remote Islands; 4 Injured

Typhoon hits Okinawa's remote islands; 4 injured

Violent wind from a typhoon is battering remote islands in Japan's southwestern prefecture of Okinawa. Four people have been injured.

The Meteorological Agency says that as of 9 p.m. on Thursday, Typhoon Lekima was situated 80 kilometers east of Ishigaki Island.

The agency says the storm is moving north-northwest at 15 kilometers per hour. Gusts of wind have reached 252 kilometers per hour.

Wind of roughly 140 kilometers per hour was recorded at two airports in Okinawa's Miyakojima City.

High wind knocked down two elderly women on Okinawa Island on Thursday. Prefectural authorities say 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 270 kilometers per hour on Okinawa's remote islands through Friday and 126 kilometers per hour in the prefecture's main island areas.

Up to 400 millimeters of rain could hit the remote islands for the 24 hours through 9 p.m. on Friday.

Extremely high waves of up to 13 meters are expected near the remote islands and 12 meters around Okinawa's main island.

Storm surges will increase the risk of inundation in coastal areas.

The Meteorological Agency is calling on people in Okinawa to beware of violent wind, high waves, and storm surges, as well as mudslides, flooding, and other rain-related disasters.

Still another typhoon is approaching the Ogasawara Islands, far south of Japan's main island of Honshu. Krosa is forecast to make its closest approach to the islands as early as Saturday, bringing violent wind and high waves.