Gusts maintained at 155 miles per hour
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 8 July, 2014 - A powerful typhoon forced Japanese authorities to cancel flights and urge more than 100,000 people to evacuate their homes on Tuesday as the storm threatened to bring torrential rain and high winds to Japan's southern islands.
Typhoon Neoguri weakened from its original status as a super typhoon but remained intense, with gusts of more than 250 km per hour (155 mph). It was powering towards the Okinawa island chain where emergency rain and high-seas warnings were in effect.
More than 100,000 people in the tropical island chain, some 1,600 km (1,000 miles) southwest of Tokyo, were urged to evacuate. Nearly 7,000 households lost power and an oil refinery halted operations.
In Okinawa, television footage showed sheets of rain and palm trees tossed by wind as high waves lashed breakwaters. "This is an extraordinary situation, where a grave danger is approaching," an official at Japan's Meteorological Agency (JMA) told a news conference on Monday night.
Neoguri was roughly 80 km (50 miles) southeast of Miyako island at 0745 a.m. (6.45 p.m. EDT Monday) and moving northwest at 20 kph (12 mph), with sustained winds of 180 kph (110 mph).
Around two to four typhoons make landfall in Japan each year but they are unusual in July.