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article imageTyphoon Jelawat injures 65 along Japanese coast (update)

By Anne Sewell     Sep 29, 2012 in Environment
Naha - Typhoon Jelawat battered the southern Okinawa and Kagoshima prefectures on Saturday, injuring dozens of people and leaving hundreds of thousands without power. Video has been updated.
According to Japan's national weather agency, violent winds of up to 234 kilometers per hour have injured at least 65 people. Reportedly over 331,000 households suffered power outages.
The video above shows that the strong winds have flipped cars, and overturned a four-ton truck in Okinawa's Naha City, which has blocked a main road and caused traffic chaos.
Flights and ferries in the region have been canceled.
Storm chaser, James Reynolds in Okinawa told CNN, "The winds are screaming through the streets. I've seen at least one window blow out."
Japan's Meteorological Agency reports that the typhoon is moving northeast towards Tokyo at a speed of 30 kilometers per hour, with gusts and heavy rains expected in the Japanese capital on Sunday and Monday. However, by that stage, Jelawat is expected to weaken and become a low-end (category 1) storm.
The typhoon is apparently the 17th of the season to hit the northwest Pacific Ocean.
Update: A new video has been added which includes amateur footage posted online on Saturday, showing the winds picking up a vehicle parked at Camp Kinserm, an American Marine base on Japan's southern island of Okinawa. The footage, shot by US Marine Joseph M. Nolan, shows a residents' car park being battered by strong winds and rain, and then gradually the winds get under a white vehicle on the far side of the car park hurtling it along the bays and eventually into a spectacular airborne spin.
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