Typhoon Neoguri weakened as it moved north into the East China Sea, skirting Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture, grounding flights and forcing some residents to flee for emergency shelters.
Neoguri’s top winds dropped to 195 kilometers (121 miles) per hour, down from 204 kph earlier, the U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center said in an advisory at 11 a.m. New York time. The storm was about 700 kilometers southwest of Sasebo, Japan, on track to Kyushu Island.
“I expect steady weakening, with Neoguri making landfall as a strong tropical storm or as a Category 1 typhoon” by 8 p.m. tomorrow, New York time, said Jeff Masters, co-founder of Weather Underground in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “Heavy rains causing major flooding will be the main concern, due to saturated soils on Kyushu caused by very heavy rains since Thursday from a stalled front.”
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