Typhoon Drowns Southern Japan

40 ft waves and 150mph winds; at least 17 injured,100,000 homes without power
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2007 1:38 PM CDT
Typhoon Drowns Southern Japan
Firefighters from Naha Fire Department look up at a thin metallic object hanging from electric cables after it was apparently blown off a strong wind in Naha, Okinawa Prefecture (State), southwestern Japan, Friday, July 13, 2007. A powerful typhoon pounded Okinawa island chain Friday, injuring residents,...   (Associated Press)

A massive typhoon is pummeling the Japanese island of Okinawa, stirring up 40 foot waves and 150mph winds which are overturning trucks and ripping trees from the ground. Super typhoon Man-yi has injured at least 17 people and cut the electricity to nearly 100,000 homes. "This is one of the biggest typhoons we've experienced in Okinawa," says a local.

"We islanders are very nervous. It's fairly dangerous to go out or even drive a car as trash and broken trees are flying in the air." More than 320 flights have been canceled as the storm hastens north; Man-yi could bring landslides and flooding to Tokyo by Sunday morning, according to the Japanese weather bureau. (More weather stories.)

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