Typhoon lashes Japan

09/03/2011
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TOKYO (majirox news) — Hundreds of domestic flights were cancelled and transport services thrown into disarray Sept. 3 as a Typhoon No. 12 swept over Japan, the Meteorological Agency said.

Strong winds, heavy rains, floods and high wave and tide warnings were issued for almost the entire country, with air travel coming almost to a standstill in the hardest-hit regions of Tokai, Kinki, Chugoku and Shikoku.

The typhoon also prompted closures on all major expressways on Honshu west of Tokyo and Shikoku.

As of Saturday morning, a woman from Matsuyama has died, three people are missing and a further 27 have been injured in the typhoon, which also caused evacuation recommendations and orders to be issued to around 70,000 people in Shikoku.

The typhoon was directly above Kochi prefecture, heading slowly north with maximum wind speeds of 30 meters (70 mph).

The Meteorological Agency said the typhoon is moving slowly and has urged residents of the Nara prefecture village of Kitayama to be on the alert for landslides and floods with more 1,000 millimeters (about 40 inches) of rain expected to pound down over the municipality in the three days from Saturday.

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