TOKYO – A powerful typhoon is heading toward Tokyo after lashing southern Japan, where it killed at least one U.S. airman on Okinawa island and left two others missing.
The Meteorological Agency says Typhoon Phanfone was off the coast of Shikoku in southwestern Japan on Sunday night, packing winds of up to 144 kilometers (90 miles) per hour after hitting the southern regions of Okinawa and Kyushu.
Japan's Coast Guard says three U.S. Air Force members were washed away by high waves Sunday, with one found dead and the other two still missing. The Air Force said only that three of its airmen were missing.
Several people on Kyushu island were injured.
The agency predicts up to 40 centimeters (16 inches) of rain in central Japan by Monday morning.