Typhoon Bolaven slams into Japan island

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Typhoon Bolaven slams into Japan island

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Typhoon Bolaven has begun battering the Japanese island of Okinawa.

With peak winds of up to 252 kilometres an hour, officials say it’s one of the worst storms Japan has experienced in the past 50 years.

Residents have been told to stay indoors and all flights in and out of the island’s airport have been cancelled.

Bolaven hit landfall about 90 kilometres east of Naha, the capital of Okinawa prefecture.

Meteorologists warned that the Typhoon could bring record rain and wind as well as waves of up to 13 metres high.

Local media has reported just four injuries so far, including a 91-year-old man.

More than 300 people have been evacuated, taking refuge in local community centres.

Okinawa is the fifth largest and one of the least populous Japanese islands with about 1.3 million residents.

Bolaven is expected to move in a northwesterly direction towards China next.