Typhoon Lashes Okinawa, Heads North

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Typhoon Neoguri, pictured here in a satellite image taken July 7, pummeled the southern Japanese islands of Okinawa today. (NOAA)

Typhoon Neoguri thundered over Okinawa today, with wind gusts over 100 miles per hour and 40-foot waves. It’s the most powerful storm to hit Okinawa in 15 years. Airports were closed and the U.S. military based there canceled outside activities.

The storm is expected to track north now and threaten southern Korea, Taiwan and Japan. The BBC’s Rupert Wingfield-Hayes joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson from Tokyo with details.

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