High waves pound the shore in Yonabarucho, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
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Japanese isle of Okinawa is battered by typhoon

27 August 2012 Last updated at 02:26 BST

Japan has been feeling the full force of a powerful typhoon, which is crossing the Okinawa islands.

Weather experts have described it as ''very severe'' and one of the worst typhoons to hit the country in decades.

Julie Peacock reports.