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    Typhoon Mawar Losing Strength as It Heads Toward Japan’s Okinawa Islands

    Typhoon Mawar Losing Strength as It Heads Toward Japan's Okinawa Islands

    NAHA, Japan — Typhoon Mawar appeared to be losing as it headed Wednesday toward Japan's Okinawa Islands, where the United States maintains a significant military presence, after largely skirting and the .

    After tearing across last week, Mawar passed by Taiwan on Tuesday with sustained winds of 155 kph (96 mph) and gusts of up to 190 kph (118 mph), sending high waves crashing on the island's east coast.

    In the Philippines, authorities said heavy rains were expected to continue in the country's north through at least Thursday and warned of flooding, possible landslides and gale-force winds before the typhoon exits the country's area of responsibility.

    As it turns toward the Japanese islands of Okinawa, Philippine meteorological authorities said Mawar's strength had dropped with sustained winds now of 120 kmh (75 mph) and gusts of up to 150 kmh (93 mph).

    Mawar is expected to gradually pick up speed but steadily weaken and may be downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it is predicted to hit the area on Friday, Philippine forecasters said.

    Residents on Japan's southern Sakishima Island chain, which includes the Okinawa Islands, were already preparing for the approaching typhoon when a warning siren woke them up Wednesday to alert them of a North Korean rocket launch. Officials urged people to stay indoors or take shelter underground in case of a falling debris.

    The rocket failed and…

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