By Jethro Mullen, CNN
updated 4:13 AM EDT, Sun July 6, 2014


(CNN) -- A large, powerful typhoon is growing in force as it barrels toward the Japanese island of Okinawa.

Typhoon Neoguri is expected to strengthen into a super typhoon over the course of Sunday, meteorologists say.

By the time it nears Okinawa early Tuesday, it's likely to be generating winds as strong as a Category 5 hurricane.

Okinawa, where multiple U.S. military facilities are situated, regularly finds itself in the path of big typhoons. Many of the buildings on the island are designed to weather the powerful winds that come roaring in off the Western Pacific.

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