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.

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Japan urges 100,000 to evacuate as typhoon moves in

More than 100,000 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.

Typhoon Neoguri weakened from its original status as a super typhoon, but remains intense, with gusts of more than 155 mph (250 km per hour).

It is powering towards the Okinawa island chain where emergency rain and high-seas warnings were in effect.

Nearly 7,000 households lost power and an oil refinery halted operations.

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