Typhoon Lekima moving away from Okinawa's remote islands

Baku, August 9, AZERTAC

Typhoon Lekima is moving away from remote islands in Japan's southwestern prefecture of Okinawa, NHK World-Japan reports. But weather officials are urging caution for strong winds, high waves and storm surges.

The Meteorological Agency says that as of 9 a.m. on Friday, Lekima was about 260 kilometers north of Ishigaki Island and was moving northwest at 30 kilometers per hour.

The typhoon had a central pressure of 935 hectopascals, with a maximum wind speed near its center of 180 kilometers per hour.

The agency says up to 200 millimeters of rain may fall on the remote islands through Saturday morning.

A local power company says that as of 9 a.m. on Friday, about 14,000 households were without electricity in four municipalities, including Miyakojima City.

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