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Mighty storm hits destroyed Japan



Sunday saw a violent storm in central Japan that caused heavy rains and raged through western areas destroyed by floods and landslides.

Typhoon Jongdari, the winds of up to 180 kilometers per hour, seized landing in Ise in Mie Prefecture at 1 o'clock in the morning (1600 GMT Saturday), according to the meteorological agency of the country

It weakened after landing and became too downgraded to a tropical storm, according to the agency, but many provinces stayed on

"We've been on alert since the July disaster," said Koji Kunitomi, a crisis management official in Okayama Prefecture, West Japan, who reports on deadly rain this month.

"Luckily we have not seen any new floods yet," he told AFP.

The storm, after triggering torrential rains over eastern Japan, moved westward in the middle of Sunday, and the authorities in West Japan pushed for tens of thousands

TV footage showed high waves set on rocks and dikes on the coast southwest of Hit Tokyo, and trees hit by strong winds and heavy rain.

At least 19 people were injured six public prefectures, said NHK public broadcaster.

Rough waves shattered the window of a sea-view restaurant in a hotel in the spa town of Atami, southwest of Tokyo, late Saturday.

"We did not expect that to happen … Waves bubbled into the restaurant as the window glass broke, but we are grateful that the customers followed evacuation instructions," said an official at Hotel AFP.

"Fortunately no one was seriously injured," she said, adding five people suffered cuts through broken glass while escaping.

The storm swept through the western Chugoku region, where record-breaking rainfall this month triggered floods and landslides, killing around 220 people.

It was Japan's worst weather-century disaster, and thousands of those affected are still in shelters or damaged homes.

The weather agency warned of heavy rains, landslides, high winds and high waves, and urged people to consider premature evacuation Japan, evacuation orders are not compulsory, and people often stay home only to later on by rapidly rising water or to catch sudden landslides.

Some critics said the orders were issued too late in Chugoku.

Japan is now in typhoon season, and is regularly hit by major storm systems in the summer and fall.

Typhoon Jongdari weakened after landing, but parts of Japan remained on alert


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