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Typhoon Francisco pelts Kyushu, leaves some injured and disrupts transportation

Kyodo

A strong typhoon made landfall on Kyushu early Tuesday morning, leaving some people injured and disrupting transportation.

After touching down in the city of Miyazaki around 5 a.m., Typhoon Francisco brought strong winds and torrential rain to southern Kyushu as it traveled northward, according to the Meteorological Agency.

The season’s eighth typhoon is the second to make landfall on the Japanese archipelago this year after Typhoon Nari on July 27, the agency said.

Miyazaki recorded winds of 142.6 kilometers per hour, an August record for the city’s observation point, while the city of Nobeoka, also in Miyazaki Prefecture, received a record 95.5 millimeters of rain in an hour.

A man in his 50s fell due to the wind while delivering newspapers in Nobeoka and is thought to have broken his leg, and a 55-year-old woman in Hiji, Oita Prefecture, injured her head after being blown over by the wind, according to local rescuers.

Japanese airlines said they have canceled more than 130 flights to and from Kyushu and other areas in western Japan due to the weather, while Kyushu Railway Co. said it canceled train services along a number of lines.