Typhoon swerves toward central Japanese islands after dumping rain on Okinawa, injuring 30


Associated Press

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 5:03 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 9 at 5:06 AM

TOKYO (AP) — The strong typhoon that slammed through Okinawa has swerved toward Japan's heavily populated central islands.

It's forecast to hit Kyushu island tomorrow and could travel across the main island of Honshu, which includes the major cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. The torrents of rainfall expected could trigger landslides and floods, and much of eastern Japan could see lightning and possibly tornadoes.

Local governments have issued warnings for strong winds, high tides and heavy rains, and are advising people to stay indoors as much as possible.

Meanwhile, Okinawa's government says the typhoon toppled trees, flooded cars and injured at least 30 people. Nearly 38,000 homes remain without power on the southern island.

One man is reported missing from a fishing boat in rough seas off Kyushu to the north.

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