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Severe tropical storm Neoguri lashes Okinawa, Kyushu on way to Tokyo, leaves 3 dead

English.news.cn   2014-07-10 21:08:05

TOKYO, July 10 (Xinhua) -- Tropical storm Neoguri is moving in an eastwardly direction, having lashed Okinawa and passed over Japan's main island of Kyushu, bringing heavy rains and strong winds to much of the country, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said in its latest report Thursday.

Downgraded from a super typhoon to a severe tropical storm, Neoguri, the season's eight typhoon, battered the islands of Okinawa, before making landfall in southern Kyushu at 7 a.m. this morning.

With winds clocked at 90 kph and gusts up to 126 kph, the storm dumped 202 mm of rain in nine hours on Tarumi, a ward of Kobe City, and more than 103 mm of rain in seven hours on Yakushima, in Kagoshima Prefecture.

Hiwasa, in the Kaifu District of Tokushima Prefecture, received in excess of 58 mm of rainfall in one hour, the JMA said.

The storm has been responsible for three deaths, one of whom was a 77-year-old man found in a drainage ditch in Seiyo, Ehime Prefecture, on the smallest main island of Shikoku, and a 12-year old boy hit by a mudslide in Nagiso, Nagano Prefecture, on Wednesday, according to local media reports.

The storm has also injured around 50 people, the reports said, partially or completely destroyed more than 100 houses, and flooded more than 560 others.

The JMA said the storm is expected to continue heading for eastern Japan, centering on Tokyo, having traversed Kyushu on its way to Shikoku.

The weather agency confirmed that evacuation advisories have been issued for around 700 households in high risk areas and has left 1,700 households without electricity.

As the storm becomes extratropical, with a wider wind field, officials have warned of further mudslides, strong gusts and heavy flooding over the next few days.

The storm forced Japan Airlines Co. to cancel 47 of its flights and All Nippon Airways Co. postponed 31 flights. Local carrier Japan Air Commuter Co., which serves a number of Japan's remote islands, canceled 86 flights.

Shinkansen bullet train lines were disrupted between Hakata Station in Fukuoka and Kagoshima-Chuo Station in the city of Kagoshima and Fukushima and Yamagata stations in Japan's northeast, the respective operators reported.

Editor: yanting
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