Typhoon Noul in Japan after deadly Philippines hit

Typhoon Noul in Japan after deadly Philippines hit
Residents along Manila Bay play in the waves created by nearby Typhoon Noul on May 10, 2015 as it approaches the northern Philippines. More than 2,000 people were fleeing their homes as Typhoon Noul approached the northern Philippines on May 10, triggering warnings of possible flash floods, landslides and tsunami-like storm surges.

TOKYO - Powerful Typhoon Noul crashed into the southern Japanese island chain of Okinawa Tuesday, after killing two people in the Philippines, bringing surging waves and howling winds as it headed towards the mainland.

Heavy rain and gale-force gusts were lashing a wide swathe of the archipelago, television footage showed, as pedestrians struggled with their umbrellas and scurried for shelter.

Some crops were damaged and a number of buildings affected by the wind.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said Noul, the first typhoon of the season to hit Japan, would work its way northwest towards the main island of Honshu later in the day.

Forecasters warned of gusts up to 180 kilometres (110 miles) per hour and said there was a danger of high waves, thunderstorms, flood and gales in much of the country.

It was expected to be near Tokyo overnight.

The storm killed two people as it scraped over the Philippines' northeastern tip, according to authorities, who said Monday that the evacuation of coastal villages and volcanic slopes averted a higher toll.

It later skirted the coast of Taiwan, after 1,000 tourists were evacuated from the scenic Green island in the southeast in anticipation of the storm.

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