Jul 8, 2014 11:06 AM by Stephen Bowers
Typhoon Neoguri slammed Okinawa, an island in southern Japan. The storm has weakend since yesterday when it was classified briefly as a super typhoon and had winds of 150 mph. "Super Typhoon" is a classification for typhoons with winds of at least 150 mph, much like our categories for hurricanes. Reports so far suggest Okinawa, which is largely built to ride out these powerful storms, has made it through okay.
Heavy rain fell and winds gusted to as high as 150 mph. NBC News reports says the Japanese Government issued its highest level of alert and urged 600,000 people to evacuate as the dangerous typhoon approached. The main islands of Japan will be affected by this storm Wednesday night (Colorado time) and Thursday before exiting early Friday.
Okinawa is also home to around 30,000 U.S. service personnel, who NBC says are on lockdown due to the powerful storm.
Tropical cyclones are known by various names all over the world. In the United States we call them "hurricanes." The same storms are called "typhoons" in the Pacific Ocean west of the International Date Line. Areas of the Pacific south of the equator and all areas around the Indian Ocean call them "cyclones."