500,000 urged to evacuate as typhoon heads to Japan

More than 500,000 people have been urged to evacuate their homes on Japan's southwestern islands as Typhoon Neoguri sweeps in.

Typhoon Neoguri, with gusts of more than 155 mph, races towards Okinawa island.
Typhoon Neoguri, with gusts of more than 155 mph, races towards Okinawa island. Credit: APTN

"People must take the utmost caution," Keiji Furuya, state minister in charge of disaster management, told a news conference.

Buses have ground to a halt in many areas as the typhoon moves towards Japan.
Buses have ground to a halt in many areas as the typhoon moves towards Japan. Credit: APTN

The storm will be at its most powerful as it passes Okinawa, some 1,000 miles (1,600 km) southwest of Tokyo on Tuesday, and is forecast to reach Tokyo later in the week.

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500,000 urged to evacuate as Japan braces for typhoon

More than 500,000 people have been urged to evacuate their homes in Japan as a powerful typhoon threatens to bring torrential rain and high winds to the country's southern islands.