A large typhoon, the season’s fifth, swept through central, eastern and northern Japan on Wednesday, killing two people and flooding more than 3,200 houses.
Heavy rains and strong gusts caused by Typhoon No. 5 also left three people missing and 28 others injured.
The typhoon — the first to hit Japan’s mainland since last September — ran northward through the Tohoku region and moved further along the eastern coast of Hokkaido at a speed of 75 kph, according to the Meteorological Agency.
It was located near Kushiro, Hokkaido, as of 8 p.m. Wednesday, the agency said. Meanwhile, Typhoon No. 6 was spawned some 500 km south of Minami-Daito Island, Okinawa Prefecture, on Wednesday afternoon. The new-born typhoon is moving east-northeast at a speed of 15 kph.
A 64-year-old man died in Chiba Prefecture after a fierce gust blew him from a room in his house that he was fixing to prepare for Typhoon No. 5, according to the National Police Agency.
In addition, a 79-year-old man was found dead in an irrigation channel in Yamanashi Prefecture, the agency said.
Packing winds of up to 90 kph, Typhoon No. 5 paralyzed rail, air and sea transportation in the area. Although the typhoon was expected to turn into a temperate low-pressure system by this morning, it will continue to bring strong gusts. Rough seas are also expected today with waves as high as 7 meters.
A total of 3,248 houses in the prefectures including Tokyo, Miyagi, Fukushima and Ibaraki were reported to have been flooded as of 7 p.m., while roads were damaged at 12 locations in six prefectures, including Gunma, Saitama and Yamanashi, according to police.
Landslides were also reported at 51 locations in nine prefectures, including Shizuoka, Saitama and Kanagawa, they said.
In Chiba Prefecture, about 121,000 households lost power around 6 a.m. Wednesday as fallen trees cut power cables, according to Tokyo Electric Power Co.
The typhoon, with an atmospheric pressure of 975 hectopascals at its center, was generating strong winds within a radius of 110 km of its center. Its maximum momentary velocity was recorded at 162 kph in Choshi, Chiba Prefecture, Wednesday morning, according to the agency.
Accumulated rainfall between Tuesday night and 9 a.m. Wednesday hit 378 mm in the hot spring resort of Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, and 357 mm in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, according to the agency.
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