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Tropical Storm Jongdari hits Japan hard

Staff Writer |
A tropical storm disrupted transportation across much of Japan and knocked out power to thousands of homes as it headed west toward a region still recovering from devastating rains earlier this month.

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At least 16 people have been injured, according to a tally by the public broadcaster NHK.

Tropical Storm Jongdari made landfall about 1 a.m. Sunday in central Japan after dumping heavy rain on Tokyo and other parts of the country’s east the previous day.

Downgraded from a typhoon, the storm was near Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, at around 9 a.m. Sunday and continued to move westbound, with maximum sustained winds of 90 kilometers per hour (56 miles per hour) with gusts up to 126 kph (78 mph).

Airlines canceled many flights to and from the affected regions Sunday for the second day in a row, and train service was delayed or suspended. Electric utilities reported scattered power outages as the storm moved from east to west, NHK said.

Ferry services connecting Tokyo with nearby islands were also canceled due to high waves.

One man was reportedly missing in Kanagawa Prefecture after several vehicles, including an ambulance, became stuck on a wave-battered ocean road.

Residents and workers piled up sandbags Saturday to guard against flooding in Okayama and Hiroshima prefectures, where landslides and floods killed more than 200 people during record rains in the region earlier this month. More than 4,000 people are still living in temporary shelters.

Authorities issued evacuation advisories throughout the affected areas.

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