Powerful Typhoon Hits Southern Japan

A powerful typhoon raced up the Japanese archipelago Saturday, injuring at least 37 people, cutting power and snarling transportation, officials and news reports said.

Powerful Typhoon Hits Southern Japan
Typhoon Man-Yi clocked sustained wind speeds of up to 100 miles per hour and gusts of up to 133 miles per hour as it approached Makurazaki city on the southern tip of the southern main island of Kyushu Saturday, according to the Meteorological Agency.

The typhoon was moving north at 18.6 miles per hour early Saturday and was forecast to continue to move northeast along the Japanese island chain toward Tokyo, but it was unclear whether the capital would take a direct hit.

The agency warned of heavy rains, high waves and strong winds, predicting up to 40 inches of rain in parts of the region.

Typhoon Man-Yi knocked many people over with its fierce wind, according to local media.

In Okinawa city in the south, wind pushed one man in his 70s to the ground, resulting in serious head injuries, the prefecture said. In Ginowan, another man, also in his 70s, suffered arm and leg injuries as he fell from a roof while fixing tiles in the blowing wind.

Nearly 100,000 of Okinawa's households, about one-sixth of its total, were without power at one point, though electricity was starting to return, the prefecture's government said. At least 100 people were evacuated from flooded areas across Okinawa, it said.

Domestic flights canceled hundreds of flights, mainly those flying between Okinawa, Kyushu, and southern Honshu.

AP

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