One Dead, More Than 50,000 Without Power As Typhoon Neoguri Hits Okinawa

Typhoon Neoguri weakened from its original status as a Super Typhoon but remained intense as it brought torrential rain and winds to the Japanese island Tuesday.

Waves crash against Wase beach area following the approach of Typhoon Neoguri in Amami Oshima, southern Japanon Tuesday. One of the strongest and biggest typhoons to hit during Japan’s summer months, The typhoon was packing sustained winds of 120 miles per hour and gusts up to 148 mph, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. AP Photo/Kyodo News

A fierce Typhoon has hit southwest Japan, bringing wild winds, waves, and rains that have killed at least one man, injured dozens of people, and forced the government to urge 500,000 residents to evacuate

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Instagram users shared videos of torrential rains, flooded streets, and roofs strewn with fallen trees and debris.

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Each year about two to four typhoons hit Japan, though not commonly in July.

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Amid the panic, some Okinawa residents have found creative ways to try and weather the storm.

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Typhoon Neoguri hit Okinawa, Japan Tuesday, killing one person, and knocking out power for 50,000. More than 500,000 people were urged to evacuate and hundreds of flights were canceled in Japan, Reuters reports.

Women hold umbrellas against powerful gusts of wind on a street in Naha, Okinawa in southern Japan on Tuesday. AP Photo/Kyodo News

Neoguri was downgraded from a Super Typhoon with winds reaching over 155mph. Weather experts says it is still one of the strongest storms to hit Japan in decades.

Holy cow! Check out this jaw-dropping image of super typhoon #Neoguri from astronaut Alexander Gerst from ISS

— Jason Morrell (@CNNJason)

Powerful winds from typhoon Neoguri flip car in Okinawa http://t.co/OedBRR5gxI

— Globe Now (@GlobeNow)

Neoguri is weakening as it tracks towards mainland Japan with heavy rain and damaging winds expected for Tokyo by Friday.

Women walk amid strong winds on a street in Naha, Okinawa in southern Japan on Tuesday. AP Photo/Kyodo News

“Once in a decade” storm Neoguri, the first Super Typhoon of 2014, is expected to hit Okinawa, Japan on Tuesday with “unprecedentedly strong winds and torrential rains,” according to Japanese Meteorological officials.

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Neoguri was tracking towards Okinawa on Monday with up to 155mph winds. It is capable of generating 46 foot high waves and possible landslides. Officials urged residents to stay indoors.

Fishing boats are moored at Tomari port in Naha on Japan’s southern island of Okinawa. REUTERS/Kyodo

Kadena Air Force Base, the largest USAF base in the Pacific, is located in Neoguri’s current path. The USAF began evacuating some of its aircraft from the Okinawa base.

HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters, assigned to the 33rd Rescue Squadron, are placed into hangars on Kadena Air Base, Japan, July 6, 2014, to protect them from Neoguri. USAF

#Typhoon Neoguri is directly over @Wiseman4th in #Okinawa

— Reid Wiseman (@astro_reid)

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