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Typhoon Neoguri

Astronauts take photos of storm causing devastation in Japan

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have posted photos of Typhoon Neoguri

THE DEVASTATING TYPHOON that has been hitting Japan since last Sunday has been captured in a number of stunning pictures from space. The images were taken by NASA’s International Space Station as it passed over the eye of Typhoon Neoguri this week.

The typhoon has cause devastation across Japan, with flooding of dirty water forcing people to leave their homes. About 130,000 households have been advised to seek shelter.

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50 people have reportedly been injured by the typhoon with as many as five deaths being directly or indirectly linked to the storm. Weather warnings remained in place today with the entirety of the country assigned a status of either ‘advisory’ or ‘warning’ by the Japan Meteorological Agency.

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The storm is today progressing across the Okinawan islands and approaching Kyushu, the most southerly of the main Japanese islands. Half a million people have already been evacuated from Japan’s southern islands.

The typhoon is one of the strongest to ever hit Japan in July. Typhoon season is generally September and a storm of this magnitude at this time of year is unusual.

The images were uploaded by astronauts on board the International Space Station.

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American astronaut Reid Weiss tweeted picture of the typhoon as it tracked its course across South East Asia.

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