Japan on high alert as super typhoon approaches

Tuesday 08 July 2014 08.15
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Gusts of up to 270km/hr and torrential rain are possible
Gusts of up to 270km/hr and torrential rain are possible
A Filipino fisherman secures a boat at a fishing village in Las Pinas, south of Manila, Philippines
A Filipino fisherman secures a boat at a fishing village in Las Pinas, south of Manila, Philippines
A shanty battered by winds  enhanced by Typhoon Neoguri at a fishing village in Las Pinas
A shanty battered by winds enhanced by Typhoon Neoguri at a fishing village in Las Pinas
South Korean fishing boats take shelter ashore in Busan, as Typhoon Neoguri approaches
South Korean fishing boats take shelter ashore in Busan, as Typhoon Neoguri approaches

A powerful typhoon is approaching Japan's Okinawa island chain.

With the typhoon forecast to grow in intensity, residents have been advised to stay indoors.

Japan's Meteorological Agency said the storm could be one of the strongest to hit Japan in decades.

The agency warned of violent winds and high waves.

The typhoon is expected to reach Okinawa early tomorrow.

Gusts of up to 270km/hr and torrential rain are possible.