Typhoon weakens after hitting Japan, 1 killed

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 17:43

Tokyo: Weakening typhoon `Guchol` passed from Japan into the Pacific on Wednesday, leaving one person dead and one missing, authorities said.

The typhoon brought heavy rainfall and strong gusts to many areas mainly in eastern and northeastern regions, including Tokyo.

Hourly rainfall reached record highs for June early today in locations such as Kitaibaraki, Ibaraki, Northeast of Tokyo, at 56.0 millimeters, while wind speeds also broke records for the month in cities including Chiba at 137.2 kilometres per hour, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The typhoon moved off the Pacific coastline of Northeast Japan today morning, the agency said, adding that another typhoon, called Talim, is moving eastward toward Japan over the South China Sea.
In Numazu, Shizuoka Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, Kentaro Yamamoto, 53, was killed under a prefabricated building that collapsed due to the strong winds, police said.

A 16-year-old girl went missing in Nirasaki, Yamanashi Prefecture, west of Tokyo, around 9.30 PM (local time) yesterday near a swollen river. (Kyodo)

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 17:43

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