Typhoon Neoguri: Japan braces for 'super typhoon' bringing 150mph winds and lashing rain

Typhoon Neoguri has been growing stronger as it travels north

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Japan is bracing for a “super typhoon” set to smash into the country with 150mph winds and torrential rain.

Fishermen were filmed winching boats out of the sea on Sunday and people are being warned to stay inside.

Typhoon Neoguri, described as a “once in decade storm", was expected to rip through the Okinawa island chain on Monday, before making landfall on the island of Kyushu as it moves north.

Meteorologists said there had already been gusts over 150mph and the typhoon could get stronger, growing into an “extremely intense” storm by Tuesday.

The Japan Meteorological Agency recorded sustained winds of 110mph on Monday and warned of high tides and lashing rain.

"This storm's characteristic is its strength," one JMA official said, calling on people in Okinawa to evacuate early and take precautions, including staying indoors.

It was not expected to be as strong as Typhoon Haiyan, which killed thousands in the Philippines last year.

Kadena Air Base on Okinawa, which hosts the bulk of the US military presence in Japan, was preparing for damage.

Video: Japan prepares for Typhoon Neoguri

"I can't stress enough how dangerous this typhoon may be when it hits Okinawa," Brigadier General James Hecker wrote on the base's Facebook page. "This is not just another typhoon."

Around two to four typhoons a year make landfall in Japan but they are unusual in July.

Additional reporting by Reuters