Typhoon pounds wide areas of Japan

Typhoon pounds wide areas of Japan
Muddy water of the Katsura river runs under a bridge in Kyoto as torrential rain hit western Japan on September 16, 2013.

JAPAN - A powerful typhoon came ashore in Aichi Prefecture on Monday morning, bringing heavy rain and strong winds to many parts of Japan and leaving at least six people injured.

Evacuation advisories were issued for nearly 110,000 homes in Kyoto Prefecture as torrential rain caused rivers to rise. Evacuation advisories were also issued in several parts of Fukui Prefecture.

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a special alert for extremely heavy rain in Kyoto, Fukui and Shiga prefectures just after 5 a.m. The alert for Kyoto was downgraded to a heavy rain warning at about 10 a.m., and the alert for Fukui was lifted just before 11 a.m.

Landslides triggered by the rain were reported in several areas. Dozens of homes were damaged by the winds, which knocked down power lines and blew off tiles and smashed windows. At least six people in Saitama Prefecture were injured by the typhoon, according to the prefectural police.

According to the agency, the typhoon was carrying wind gusts of up to 160 kph. It predicted that the typhoon could dump 300 millimeters of rain in the northern Kanto region in the 24 hours through 9 a.m. Tuesday, and 250 millimeters in the Koshin and southern Kanto regions.

Many train services, including some Shinkansen operations, were delayed or suspended in the Kanto region and other areas, and hundreds of flights were cancelled.

Power cuts were reported in several areas, including Shizuoka, Kanagawa, Ibaraki, Gunma and Saitama prefectures.

The typhoon came ashore near Toyohashi just before 8 a.m., and was moving north-northeast at a speed of about 45 kph. As of 9 a.m., it was near Iida, Nagano Prefecture.

A wind gust of 117 kph was recorded in Tokyo's Otemachi business district just after 9:10 a.m.

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