Okinawa 1988-1991

Okinawa 1988-1991

Friday, July 13, 2007

Typhoon Man-yi hits Southern Japan, grounds air traffic

More than 300 flights were cancelled on their way into and out of Japan's Southern islands as typhoon Man-yi swept through the region Friday, according to the Nikkei daily. The typhoon, the fourth to hit Japan this year, was forecast to hit the southern tip of Kyushu on Saturday, bringing heavy rain across a vast region of Western Japan, the Nikkei report said, citing data from the Japan Meteorological Agency. The typhoon made landfall in Okinawa Prefecture Friday morning. Winds of 252 kilometers per hour (156.6 miles per hour) were recorded near Okinawa's capital of Naha, the Nikkei reported. Man-yi is forecast to pass across Kyushu and Shikoku islands and expected to hit Tokyo on July 15, loosing strength as it passes over land, according to reports.

Powerful typhoon bound for Okinawa

A large and very powerful Pacific typhoon was bearing down Thursday on Okinawa and remote islands south of Kyushu, the Meteorological Agency said, warning against heavy rain in wide areas of southwestern Japan.

The season's fourth typhoon, Man-yi, is expected to hit Okinawa on Friday and may approach western Japan on Saturday.