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Halong Moves To Sea After Pounding Western Japan

August 10, 2014

By The Japan Economic Newswire

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Halong moved to the Sea of Japan after making landfall in western Japan on Sunday, bringing heavy rain and strong winds across wide areas of the country, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Typhoon Halong, which landed in Kochi Prefecture early in the morning, was located over waters around 37 miles northwest of Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, as of 5 p.m., heading north-northeast at a speed of 25 miles per hour with an atmospheric pressure of 975 mb at its center and packing winds of up to 100 mph.

Rainfall brought by the season`s 11th typhoon exceeded 39 inches in Umaji and 35 inches in Niyodogawa, both in Kochi Prefecture.

Torrential rain was also recorded in Tokushima and Mie prefectures, but with the passage of the typhoon, the agency lifted a special torrential rain alert issued for Mie.

More than 320 flights were cancelled Sunday, while bullet train services on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen Lines were partially suspended.

In Gifu Prefecture, central Japan, a man swept away in a river the previous day was confirmed dead Sunday. AKyodo News tally showed a total of six people died in accidents related to Typhoon Halong.

The Tokai, Kanto-Koshin and other regions were drenched, with hourly rainfall on Sunday reaching 2.8 inches in Tonosho, Chiba Prefecture, and 2.7 inches in Motosu, Gifu Prefecture.

The agency urged continued vigilance against heavy rain and strong winds in northern and eastern Japan.

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Copyright 2014 Kyodo News

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Story image: A worker takes a driftwood away from a road flooded by a swollen river in Shingu, western Japan, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014. A tropical storm was moving out into the Sea of Japan on Sunday after lashing the country with rain and winds, leaving one person dead.AP Photo/Kyodo News

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