Super Typhoon Neoguri weakens off coast of Taiwan, headed for Japan

Super Typhoon Neoguri, off the coast of Taipei. Global News

TORONTO – A large, powerful typhoon is churning off the coast of Taipei, heading for Japan.

Super Typhoon Neoguri, with maximum winds of 240 km/h and higher wind gusts, is expected to reach Okinawa, Japan, by Tuesday. The Japanese Meteorological Agency said that Neoguri could be one of the strongest to hit Japan in decades, generating waves up to 14 metres high.

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On the Saffir-Simpson Scale, which measures hurricane strength, it is equivalent to a Category 4 storm. The scale ranges from Category 1 (weakest) to Category 5 (strongest).

Super Typhoon Neoguri as it makes its way across the Philippine Sea, west of Taiwan. NOAA

Neoguri is tracking north-northwestward at almost 20 km/h.

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According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, Neoguri has weakened somewhat, though it still has a well-formed eye. It is still expected to strengthen to a Category 5 hurricane by Tuesday, though it will likely make landfall in Japan as a Category 3 hurricane.

–with files from Canadian Press

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