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Typhoon roars into Okinawa

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The storm weakened from super typhoon strength as it drew closer to Okinawa and its surrounding islands. (Source: Earth Uncut Productions/CNN) The storm weakened from super typhoon strength as it drew closer to Okinawa and its surrounding islands. (Source: Earth Uncut Productions/CNN)
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HONG KONG (CNN) - Typhoon Neoguri lashed Okinawa with strong winds and heavy rain Tuesday as it spun near the Japanese island.

The storm weakened from super typhoon strength as it drew closer to Okinawa and its surrounding islands, where Japan's weather agency has issued an emergency warning.

Okinawa, the site of multiple U.S. military facilities, regularly finds itself in the path of big typhoons. Buildings on the island are designed to withstand the powerful winds that come roaring in off the Western Pacific.

"Winds are buffeting Okinawa, it's not going to take a direct hit," said meteorologist Tom Sater. The storm is expected to pass about 80 miles to the west of the island.

Okinawa's main airport was closed, along with schools and many businesses.

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