Monster Typhoon 700 Miles Wide in Okinawa, Japan

Some 52,000 American military members are bracing for this powerful rare storm
1:42 | 07/07/14

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tonight about a monster typhoon 700 miles wide and bearing down on 52,000 American military members and their families who are stationed in okay that what, Japan. David Kerley tells us how they are digging in to ride out this storm. Reporter: Already heavy surf and rain are hitting okinawa. This enormous typhoon could be one of the strongest storms to hit Japan in decades. And in the path, 52,000 Americans, service members and their families, on the island of okinawa. This 700-mile wide storm is still packing winds of at least 125 miles an hour. That's equivalent of a category 3 hurricane in the U.S. Tonight, just 190 miles from okinawa, it is expected to hit tomorrow. Japanese weather officials have issued their highest warning, worried about storm surge, the possibility of severe flooding. And the U.S. Military heeded those warnings. Over the past 24 hours, it started flying out aircraft. C-130 transports, sub hunters, the P-3s and P-8s, as well as the refueling tankers, the kc-135. 61 aircraft have been flown to other bases in the pacific. If the warnings weren't enough to show the potential and size of this storm, just take a look at these shots from the space station, which flew right over. This has been downgraded from a super typhoon. Its track takes it right past okinawa and then it starts heading for the Japanese main land. Diane, it is not expected to get stronger as it hits colder waters in the north. All right, David, thank you. And now, we go to Chicago, and an eruption of gun violence

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