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Japan on highest typhoon alert

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TOKYO - Japan braced Tuesday for one of its worst storms in years as typhoon Neoguri barrelled towards the southern Okinawa island chain, with the national weather agency issuing its highest alert and nearly half-a-million people urged to take shelter. 

Trees have collapsed by strong wind at Naha in Japan's southern island of Okinawa on Tuesday. (AFP photo)

The top-level warning means a threat to life, as well as the risk of storm surges, landslides and massive damage from the typhoon packing gusts of up to 250 kilometres per hour.

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