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Monday, August 27, 2012

Typhoon Bolaven heads for Koreas

Tokyo (CNN) -- Okinawa emerged relatively unscathed on Monday from a ferocious typhoon that churned across the Japanese island before heading toward the Korean Peninsula.

Typhoon Bolaven had maximum sustained winds near its center of 185 kilometers per hour (115 mph) when it hit Okinawa on Sunday night, according to the Hong Kong Observatory, which monitors storms in the region.

That wind strength put Bolaven in the "super typhoon" category. And with a cloud field of 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles), it is 20 times larger than Okinawa's length.

But the island, which is situated in an area of the western Pacific Ocean where typhoons are frequent, avoided the kind of destruction that some other storms have caused in East Asia this summer.

Five people were injured in Okinawa, the local authorities said, and 549 residents took shelter in public buildings to avoid potential damage to their homes. About 17,500 households lost electricity as the storm damaged power lines.
"It's been a long and rough night." the storm chaser James Reynolds said early Monday morning on Okinawa. Read More