Twin Storms Pound Asia

Japan facing 2nd typhoon in a week; at least 6 dead in Indian cyclone
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2014 8:29 AM CDT
Twin Storms Pound Asia
A couple watches huge waves in Yomitan, Japan's southern island of Okinawa on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. A powerful typhoon poured heavy rains over Okinawa and was aiming at the next island of Kyushu.   (Uncredited)

Japan is facing down its second major typhoon in the space of a week, with at least 35 people reported injured as Typhoon Vongfong hit its southern island of Okinawa with heavy rain and winds gusting up to 110mph. The storm was headed next to Kyushu island, where officials have ordered 150,000 to evacuate, reports the AP; it's expected to hit Tokyo on Tuesday. The US military in Okinawa, where three airmen were swept out to sea while taking photos last week, has told personnel to stay indoors.

Meanwhile, in India, Cyclone Hudhud has killed at least six people as it pummels the nation's eastern coast, reports the BBC. The storm, classified as "very severe," is packing winds approaching 130mph and punishing rains that have wrought havoc with crops, trees, buildings, and power lines; officials fear a storm surge in excess of six feet. Some 400,000 residents have been evacuated. Hudhud is expected to weaken today, but the drenched region is expecting heavy rains for the next three days, notes the AP. (Read more cyclone stories.)

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