Typhoon hits Japan

August 8, 2017 by  
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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. Read more

Super typhoon batters Philippines

October 21, 2016 by  
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MANILA, 21 October 2016: One of the most powerful typhoons to ever hit the Philippines killed at least eight people, Thursday, as ferocious gales and landslides destroyed tens of thousands of homes.

Super Typhoon Haima struck late, Wednesday night, with winds similar to those of catastrophic Haiyan in 2013, which was then the strongest storm to strike the disaster-prone Southeast Asian archipelago and claimed more than 7,350 lives.

Haima then roared across mountain and farming communities of the northern regions of the main island of Luzon overnight, causing widespread destruction and killing at least eight people, authorities said. Read more

Typhoon causes airline chaos

August 23, 2016 by  
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TOKYO, 23 August 2016: A powerful typhoon struck near Tokyo on Monday, the first in 11 years to come ashore in the densely populated region, temporarily shutting down a major city airport and grounding more than 500 flights nationwide.

Typhoon Mindulle made landfall at about 1230 (0330 GMT) in Tateyama city 80 kilometres (50 miles) southeast of Tokyo, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

As of 1900 the storm — packing gusts up to 144 kilometres per hour — was moving through Fukushima prefecture north of Tokyo and heading north-northeast at 35 kilometres per hour, the agency said. Read more

Typhoon scuttles flights

August 22, 2016 by  
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TOKYO, 22 August 2016: A powerful typhoon was on course for a direct hit on Tokyo, Monday, with nearly 400 flights grounded due to heavy rain and strong winds.

Strong typhoon Mindulle was expected to make landfall around noon, moving upwards from the Japanese capital to the northern Tohoku region, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Packing gusts up to 180 kilometres (110 miles) per hour, the storm was heading north at a speed of 25 kilometres (16 miles) per hour from Miyake island in early morning, the agency said. Read more

Flights resume at Hong Kong airport

August 3, 2016 by  
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HONG KONG, 3 August 2016: Hordes of angry passengers stranded crowded the airport on Tuesday, desperately seeking flights as the city emerges from lockdown in the aftermath of Typhoon Nida.

Nida has since swept across southern China pounding cities and villages in its path.

In Hong Kong, hundreds of flights were cancelled, schools and shops shut and the stock market closed for the day as the storm brought violent winds and torrential showers. Read more

Typhoon hits Southern China

August 2, 2016 by  
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HONG KONG, 2 August 2016: Southern China hunkered down as it braced for Typhoon Nida to make landfall Tuesday, with the city of Guangzhou issuing its first-ever red storm alert.

Those living in the storm’s projected path when it reaches mainland China have been told by the the National Commission for Disaster Reduction to prepare three days’ worth of food and other essentials, the official Xinhua news agency reported late Monday.

The cities of Zhuhai and Shanwei in Guangdong province have also issued red alerts — the highest in China’s four-tier colour coded warning system. Shenzhen has issued a yellow one — the third most severe. Read more

Powerful typhoon hits Philippines

December 15, 2015 by  
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MANILA, 15 December 2015: More than 700,000 people in the central Philippines fled to safer areas for fear of giant waves, floods or landslides as Typhoon Melor slammed into the archipelago nation Monday, officials said.

Melor brushed the northern tip of Samar, a farming island of 1.5 million people, early Monday with winds gusting up to 185 kilometres (115 miles) per hour, the state weather bureau said. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

Samar was among areas devastated in 2013 by Typhoon Haiyan, when giant waves wiped out entire communities and left 7,350 people dead or missing. Read more

Typhoon hits Philippines

October 19, 2015 by  
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MANILA, 19 October 2015: A powerful Typhoon Koppu tore down trees and houses and unleashed landslides and floods, Sunday, across a wide area of the Philippines including Manila, forcing thousands to flee.

Thousands were stranded as ferry services were suspended amid rough seas while 44 commercial flights were cancelled, including four international flights.

At least eight other people have been reported missing and military and volunteer rescue teams were dispatched to the rice-farming province of Nueva Ecija where rivers burst their banks and flooded several villages, authorities said.

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Typhoon Goni heads for Japan

August 24, 2015 by  
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MANILA, 24 August 2015: Typhoon Goni was bearing down on Japan late Sunday, after leaving at least 10 dead in the northern Philippines and causing thousands of people to be evacuated in Taiwan.

By Sunday afternoon the storm was 240 kilometres (149 miles) east of Taiwan’s capital Taipei and was moving north at 19 miles an hour, the island’s Central Weather Bureau said.

The Philippines was hit hardest by the storm, which triggered landslides and floods — killing at least 10 and leaving 17 missing in the north of the main island of Luzon.

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