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Typhoon Nanmadol: 1 dead, 1 missing in Japan

TOKYO –

A tropical storm made landfall in southwestern Japan with rainfall and winds on Monday, leaving one person dead and another missing as it moved north towards Tokyo.

Residential streets were flooded with muddy water from rivers, and many homes lost power after Typhoon Nanmadol made landfall in Kyushu on Sunday, then weakened into a tropical storm.

Yoshiharu Maeda, the town hall official in charge of disasters in Miyakonojo, Miyazaki Prefecture, said a man died early Monday morning in a submerged vehicle at a farm. According to a Miyazaki prefectural official, one person is missing after a house was hit by a landslide.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, Nanmadol has sustained winds blowing at 108 km/h and gusts of up to 162 km/h.

Tens of thousands of people spent the night at gyms and other facilities as a precaution to evacuate vulnerable homes.

More than 60 people were injured, including those who were hit by rain or shards of falling glass, according to Japanese media reports.

Torrential winds smashed the sign. A construction crane broke and the window at a pachinko bakery in the southwestern Japanese city of Kagoshima was shattered.

High-speed trains and airlines were suspended. Warnings have been issued about landslides and flooded rivers. Convenience store chains and delivery services are temporarily closed in southwestern Japan, while some highways are closed and residents are experiencing some problems with mobile phone connections.

The storm is forecast to continue to pour rain on its way northeast through the main Japanese island of Honshu, before moving over Tokyo and then northeastern Japan.

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