Typhoon moves over Hokkaido

09/22/2011
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A Meteorological Agency map of Typhoon No. 15 on Thursday morning

TOKYO (majirox news) — Typhoon No. 15, which left 19 casualties, crippled transport in Tokyo and left thousands of homes without electricity  on Wednesday, weakened overnight and moved across Hokkaido on Sept. 22.

At least 19 are dead or missing across Japan’s southern and central regions.

About 5,000 people were forced to stay overnight in bullet trains after gale force winds and heavy rains forced air and rail services to grind to a halt from Wednesday afternoon.

Train services in the capital remained affected by sporadic delays on Thursday.

About 300,000 households, mainly in Shizuoka prefecture, lost power as the typhoon struck on Wednesday.

The risk of flooding in Miyagi prefecture forced thousands living in shelters following the March 11 earthquake and disaster to once again have to flee their homes.

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