A wooden house which collapsed due to strong winds caused
by Typhoon Neoguri is seen in Naha, on Japan's southern
island of Okinawa, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Photo by
Torrential rains battered Japan's Okinawa islands as a
weakened but still dangerous typhoon left two dead and
threatened widespread flooding as it headed for the nation's
Typhoon Neoguri, a super typhoon as it bore down on Okinawa
this week, had winds gusting up to 162kmh on Wednesday, but
weather forecasters said the major concern now was rain,
especially as parts of the westernmost main island of Kyushu
have already been hit by heavy rain over the last week.
Authorities warned of record rainfall in Okinawa as rivers in
some areas overflowed. More than 200,000 residents were told
to leave their homes, down from over 500,000 on Tuesday
"Given the situation, there is still potential for some
serious damage," an official from the Japanese Meteorological
Agency (JMA) told a news conference.
Some 30 people were injured, mainly from falls, but none of
the injuries was life-threatening. Television footage showed
a collapsed building and flooded streets in Okinawa.
Neoguri was moving north across the East China Sea at 20kmh
as of 9am, with sustained winds of 126kmh. It was expected to
draw near Kyushu on Thursday morning before moving east along
the main island of Honshu.
"This typhoon has very active rain clouds and this will
continue as it moves east over areas that have already been
hit by downpours as part of the rainy seasion," said a JMA
"Given how soaked the ground is in some parts of Kyushu
already, there is a high danger of landslides and floods,
even though the typhoon's strength is diminishing."
There are two nuclear plants on Kyushu and another on nearby
All of Japan's 48 nuclear reactors are shut down three years
after the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant,
which was wrecked by an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.
The stricken plant is on the other side of the country.
Nansei Sekiyu KK, a Japanese refiner wholly owned by Brazil's
Petrobras, suspended operations at its 100,000
barrels-per-day Nishihara refinery in Okinawa on Monday
evening and still had not resumed them on Wednesday.
Tokyo may see heavy rains on Friday but the impact on the
capital is otherwise expected to be minimal, the JMA official
said. Around two to four typhoons make landfall in Japan each
year but they are unusual in July.