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Strong winds and rain killed an elderly man and injured three other people Sunday in the Kanto region, police said.

A low-pressure system is said to be the cause of the downpours that passed through the area Saturday.

In the town of Ogose in Saitama Prefecture, high winds caused a tree to fall on a 65-year-old man, who later died, Sunday morning.

In Yaita, Tochigi Prefecture, a 22-year-old man and his 18-year-old sister were injured while sleeping when their father’s wooden house collapsed in a gale around 4 a.m., according to the police.

The two, whose parents and grandfather lived in a house next door and were unhurt, were on the second floor.

Mountaineer Takeshi Horiuchi, 36, suffered slight facial injuries after falling in a gust around 9:20 a.m. while climbing in Nasu, also in Tochigi, local police said.

Horiuchi contacted the police by cell phone, and rescuers met him as he descended.

Wind speeds reached 134 kph in Nikko and 120 kph in Utsunomiya, both in Tochigi, and 109 kph in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, the Meteorological Agency said.

It said torrential rains that hit the region Saturday have subsided, but the agency continued to warn people of possible avalanches in mountainous areas and tidal waves along the Pacific coast.

Meanwhile, a passenger ship that was anchored about two km off the town of Atsumi, Aichi Prefecture, ran aground on a breakwater near the shore around 4 a.m. Sunday, the police said.

Shortly before 10 a.m. in Iruma, Saitama Prefecture, a train pantograph hit a wind-blown tree leaning over a railway between Kaneko and Hakonegasaki stations on the JR Hachiko Line, East Japan Railway Co. officials said.

The incident interrupted services on the line between Haijima Station in the Tokyo suburbs and Komagawa Station in Hidaka, Saitama Prefecture, they said.

In Miyazaki Prefecture, three people were slightly injured when a large kite and a 5.5-sq.-meter stand on which it was being exhibited collapsed in a strong wind. The accident took place around 10:45 a.m. in an outdoor event space at a hotel in the city of Kushima.

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