Sunday, September 30, 2012

Typhoon Jelawat injures more than 50 in Japan

Global Post: Typhoon Jelawat has hit Japan's southern island of Okinawa, injuring more than 50 people and leaving 271,400 without power.

The country's Meteorological Agency said the powerful typhoon was expected to hit the Tokyo region Sunday evening, reported BBC News. Residents have been warned to stay indoors.

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One of many typhoons to hit the region in recent weeks, Jelawat is a "very strong" storm with maximum sustained winds near the center of just over 100 mph (165 km/h), the Agency said, according to CNN. A NASA advisory said it was comparable to a category 3 hurricane.

"The winds are screaming through the streets," storm chaser James Reynolds told CNN from Okinawa before the typhoon strike. "I've seen at least one window blow out."...

On September 20, 2012, Jelawat was a tropical depression, not yet a typhoon. From NASA

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