Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Typhoon Halong leaves 10 dead in Japan

Space Daily via AFP: At least 10 people died and dozens were injured as Typhoon Halong hurtled across the Japanese archipelago at the weekend, reports said Monday, with heavy rain still lashing the country's north.

The storm moved over the Sea of Japan (East Sea) and lurched towards Russia's far east coast Monday, after sweeping across Japan's largest and most populous island of Honshu. The outer bands of the storm continued to lash northern Japan with heavy rain as officials warned of landslides, floods and possible tornadoes in the area. The Japan Meteorological Agency downgraded the typhoon at 9:00 am Monday as it was off the Russian coast.

The National Police Agency confirmed that the storm, as well as heavy rain last week, killed at least two people and left two others missing. A total of 96 people were injured, public broadcaster NHK reported.

But the Nikkei newspaper said that 10 deaths were linked to the storm with two others missing. Among the victims, the body of an Iranian man was found in Ibaraki, northeast of Tokyo, while two Japanese women died in the country's west, the Nikkei said....

Keith Edkins created this  Track map of Typhoon Halong of the 2014 Pacific typhoon season. The points show the location of the storm at 6-hour intervals. The colour represents the storm's maximum sustained wind speeds as classified in the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale

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