NEWS

Japan pounded by powerful storm

09/30/2012 12:50 EDT | Updated 11/30/2012 05:12 EST
Parts of Japan are still feeling the effects of an intense weather system which remained powerful despite being downgraded from a typhoon to a tropical storm.

By early Monday morning in Japan, what remained of Typhoon Jelawat had roared over Aomori Prefecture in the northeastern part of the country and was heading north-northeast over the Pacific Ocean at 75 km/h

More than 10,000 people were also evacuated in Ishinomaki, a coastal city in northern Japan that was hit by last year's tsunami.

The storm made landfall on central Japan around 7 p.m. on Sunday with strong winds and rain, according to the country's public broadcaster, NHK. Residents had been urged to stay indoors.

Trains halted, stores close early

Dozens of trains were halted in coastal areas around Tokyo and many stores inside the capital closed early Sunday as the storm approached.

When the storm passed the Nagoya area in central Japan, it had winds of up to 126 km/h.

Nagoya city officials issued an evacuation advisory to more than 50,000 residents because of fear of flooding from a swollen river.

In southern and western Japan, at least one person was killed by the storm and an estimated 145 people — about half of them on the southern island of Okinawa — injured, NHK said.

The man killed had reportedly been out fishing when he was hit by a strong wave and washed away. Over 200,000 homes were without electricity.

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