July 6, 2006

Powerful typhoon nears southern Japan

TOKYO (Reuters) - A powerful typhoon was nearing Japan's
southern island chain of Okinawa on Friday, likely bringing
strong winds and torrential rain to the area later in the day,
Japan's Meteorological Agency said.

Typhoon Ewiniar, whose name means "storm god" in the Chuuk
language of Micronesia, was south of Okinawa and moving slowly
north-northwest early on Friday, bringing with it winds of up
to 160 km (99 miles) per hour, the agency said.

The agency warned of heavy rain and flooding in parts of
Okinawa. The storm was forecast to weaken slightly and move
across the southern part of South Korea over the weekend, the
agency said.