Typhoon hits Japan

August 8, 2017 by  
Filed under News, North Asia

TOKYO, 8 August 2017: Strong typhoon Noru made landfall in western Japan, Monday, after killing two people on outlying islands, as authorities warned against landslides and floods.

Noru forced airlines to cancel some 400 flights, mainly in western Japan according to the news channel NHK.

The typhoon with gusts up to 162 kilometres (100 miles) per hour hit the northern part of Wakayama prefecture at around 1530 (0630 GMT) after whipping up waves and winds off southern Japanese islands at the weekend, the meteorological agency said.

Television footage showed high foamy waves smashing into breakwaters in Wakayama, while roof tiles were ripped off homes in neighbouring Mie.

The storm, bringing heavy rain and strong winds, was slowly moving northeast toward central Japan, the agency said.

NHK, said 17 people were injured in typhoon-related accidents.

The agency warned of “severe winds” and urged residents in the region to stay on high alert against landsides and floods as well as high waves.

© Agence France-Presse

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