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Typhoon Chaba downs trees, knocks out power in Okinawa

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Baku, October 5, AZERTAC

After hammering parts of Japan's Okinawa prefecture with gusting winds, the powerful Typhoon Chaba left thousands without power and downed trees.

According to the Okinawa Times newspaper, the "most intense typhoon to hit parts of Okinawa on record" prompted the evacuation of more than 800 people.

About 4,000 homes across Okinawa lost power due to the storm, Stripes Okinawa reports. As of Tuesday, schools in the prefecture will remain closed and all after-school activities have been canceled. Normal schedules are expected to resume Wednesday.

Chaba intensified into a super typhoon Monday and hit Kume Island, one of Okinawa's smaller islands, with winds up to 134 mph.

Windows were shattered, trees were uprooted and utility poles were left damaged by the winds, NHK reports. There were no reports of casualties.

Prior to the storm hitting, the sky over Okinawa turned a deep pink. Residents took to social media to share photos and videos.

The storm also forced the closure of Okinawa's main Naha airport, according to its website.

The typhoon prompted the country's two largest airlines, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines, to cancel a combined 125 domestic flights, according to the Straits Times.

A rare "emergency" weather warning was issued by the JMA for parts of Okinawa prefecture ahead of Chaba.

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