Japan has been hit by a strong typhoon

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There are reports of few casualties and the storm is expected to weaken. In Osaka Bay the typhoon swept a tanker into a bridge and in Kyoto parts of the train station roof came down. The winds were strong enough to turn over trucks on the roads. In Higashiomi, Shiga Prefecture, one man was killed when a company storage facility collapsed amid strong winds. Another man died after falling from the second floor of his home in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture. More than 330,000 homes in the Kinki and Shikoku regions suffered power outages.There are warnings of high waves, flooding and mudslides. It has already left tens of thousands without power and authorities have urged people to move to safety.

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Flooding covered the runways at Kansai International Airport in Osaka. Hundreds of flights, trains and ferries had to be cancelled. Universal Studios Japan near Osaka was closed. Department stores and popular tourist attractions in western Japan, including Osaka and Kyoto prefectures, also fell victim to the typhoon, with many closing for the day. Japan’s weather agency has warned of possible landslides, flooding and violent winds. High tides, lightning and tornadoes in the areas affected were also predicted. Top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga affirmed the government will “take all possible means” to prepare for a possible crisis.

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