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Krosa fizzles as it heads for Hokkaido after leaving three dead, 50 injured in west Japan

Kyodo

Heavy rainfall and strong winds continued to buffet Japan on Friday as a tropical storm moved into the Sea of Japan after ripping through the western half of the country the previous day, leaving three dead and about 50 injured.

Tropical Storm Krosa, which was downgraded to an extratropical cyclone later the same night, sparked landslide and flood warnings and stranded some 1,700 passengers at Kansai International Airport in Osaka overnight Thursday after 232 domestic and international flights were canceled.

The main international gateway to western Japan was temporarily crippled by Typhoon Jebi last summer.

In Hyogo Prefecture, the body of Noriyuki Kumabuchi, 71, was found at around 8:40 a.m. Friday after he was swept into a river in Kamigori the previous night while fishing.

In Shizuoka, Neneko Mori, 11, was found dead after being swept away by waves at around 11:30 a.m. on the coast of Shimoda. Her older sister, who was also engulfed by the waves, managed to get back to shore.

Earlier, an 82-year-old man was confirmed dead in Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, after falling into the sea Thursday morning while tying up a boat.

As of 9:45 p.m. Friday, the tropical storm was west of Okushiri Island off Hokkaido, moving northeast at 35 kph with an atmospheric pressure of 984 hectopascals at its center and winds of up to roughly 126 kph, according to the Meteorological Agency.

In addition to heavy rains, the storm caused high temperatures in a phenomenon known as foehn wind, in which moist air becomes warm and dry after crossing a mountain and blows down the lee side.

In Nikaho, Akita Prefecture, the mercury shot up to 36.5 at 6:18 a.m. Friday, while in Itoigawa, Niigata Prefecture, Thursday’s low was 31.3 — the highest minimum temperature ever set in Japan.

Strong winds caused several injuries.

In Mie Prefecture, a woman in her 60s hurt her hip after being blown over in Tsu on Wednesday, while a man in his 60s sustained head injuries after falling from his bicycle.

In Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, a 65-year-old security guard lost his index and middle fingers after they were cut off by a door in the parking lot of a commercial facility that was slammed shut by the powerful winds.

In the 24 hours through 6 a.m. Saturday, the agency was forecasting 250 mm of rain in Hokkaido, 150 mm in the Tohoku region and 120 mm in Tokai.

Hokkaido was also forecast to see gusts up to 126 kph, while the Tohoku, Hokuriku and Kinki regions were due to get gusts of up to 108 kph, according to the agency.