Okinawa typhoon cancels flights

A powerful typhoon moved toward Japan's southern island prefecture of Okinawa on Saturday, forcing airline carriers to cancel flights.

The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of high winds and tidal waves on Okinawa's main island and the Sakishima Islands caused by Typhoon Fitow, the 23rd typhoon of the year.

Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways cancelled more than 140 domestic flights to and from Naha airport for Saturday.

At 2pm the typhoon was about 190 kilometres south-southwest of Naha, the capital of Okinawa, and moving northwest at 15 kilometres per hour.

It had an atmospheric pressure at its centre of 965 hectopascals and was packing winds of more than 126 kph.

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