TOKYO, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- A strong typhoon hit the eastern part of Japan, including capital city of Tokyo and its vicinity, early Wednesday morning with gales and heavy rain, leaving at least four people dead, according to local reports.
Three bodies were found on the Izu Oshima island where record rainfall of 122.5 mm per hour was registered due to Wipha, the 26th typhoon of the year, Japan's Kyodo News cited local authorities as saying.
It added that several houses were collapsed and about 20 people remained unaccounted for on the island in the Pacific about 120 km south of Tokyo.
In Tokyo's Machida, a woman died after being swept away by a swollen river, said the report.
The storm also suspended local transportation as several bullet train services on the Tohoku, Yamagata, Joetsu, Nagano and Tokaido Shinkansen lines were canceled, while 189 domestic flights of Japan Airlines Co. and 211 domestic and international flights of All Nippon Airways Co. scrapped.
As of 8 a.m., Wipha was moving northeast at around 65 km per hour some 40 km east-southeast of Choshi in Chiba prefecture.
The typhoon is expected to be downgraded to an extratropical cyclone on Wednesday afternoon in the Pacific Ocean east of the Tohoku region, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.