Typhoon Neoguri Strengthens; Heads towards Okinawa, Japan

July 7, 2014

Typhoon Neoguri is currently roiling the waters of the Western Pacific, south of Okinawa. The latest weather reports indicate that it is an immense storm and is gaining strength with sustained winds of 140 mph [225 km/h].

Neoguri is a strong Category 4 storm. It is moving west-northwest at 12 mph [19.3 km/h], and is expected to come close to Okinawa by Tuesday.

The reports indicate that with warm sea temperatures and minimal wind shear Neoguri could become a Category 5 Super Typhoon within the next 24-48 hours. On the forecast track it could come ashore on Kyushu, Japan’s southernmost island.

The storm will bring heavy rains, which could cause flooding and landslides, as the ground has already been subjected to a series of storms. Battering waves and high tides are expected along the coast.

Sources: weather service and news reports

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