Storm batters northern Japan

posted on October 9, 2015

A typhoon downgraded to a powerful storm is hitting Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. It has killed one person and wounded 8 so far.

As it moved north on Thursday typhoon Choi-wan became an extratropical low off the northeastern coast of Japan. But its strong winds and heavy rain continued to affect Hokkaido, Japan's northern agricultural prefecture.

A 76-year-old woman was killed in the eastern town of Bekkai as iron pipes attached to the doors of a cow barn fell on her.

Thousands households were without power in Kushiro City and nearby towns on Thursday evening.

About 190 flights were cancelled at airports on the island during the day.

Meteorological agency said rainfall reached up to 190 millimeters in areas facing the Sea of Okhotsk. It warned of floods in the low lands.

The agency says the extratropical low will continue to bring heavy rains, strong winds and high tides on Friday.

source by NHK world
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