Flights to the Japanese Okinawa interrupted by typhoon

Central Naha airport on the Japanese island of Okinawa will be closed for a day due to the approach of the most powerful in 10 years typhoon "Bolaven," according to Japanese media.

Currently, the typhoon is 10 kilometers south-east of the main island of the Japanese prefecture of Okinawa and is moving to the northwest at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour. The pressure at the center of the typhoon is 960 hPa. Squally wind speed accompanying the cyclone reaches 50-70 meters per second.

The mandatory evacuation was declared in coastal areas where wave height is 10 meters. Brunt of the disaster on Okinawa is expected in the first half Sunday. According to weather forecasts for the next 24 hours will drop to 800 millimeters of rain.

The last similar in strength typhoon hit Japan in 2005. Then typhoon "Nabi" killed 22 people.

Naha airport on the main island of the Japanese prefecture of Okinawa takes both passenger planes and Air Self-Defense Force planes in Japan. Naha is the capital of Okinawa.

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