Storm hits southwest Japan, 1 dead, another missing

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TOKYO — A tropical storm hit southwestern Japan with rain and wind on Monday, killing one person and missing another as it veered north toward Tokyo.

Residential streets were inundated with muddy water from rivers, and parts of homes lost power after Typhoon Nanmadol made landfall in the Kyushu region on Sunday, then weakened to a tropical storm.

A man was found dead early Monday in his car that had sunk in the waters of a farm, said Yoshiharu Maeda, a municipal official responsible for disasters in Miyakonojo, Miyazaki prefecture. Separately, one person went missing after a cottage was entangled in a landslide, according to an official from Miyazaki Prefecture.

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Nanmadol has wind gusts of 108 kilometers per hour (67 mph) and gusts of up to 162 kilometers (100 miles) per hour, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Tens of thousands of people spent the night in sports halls and other facilities to evacuate vulnerable homes as a precaution.

According to Japanese media, more than 60 people were injured, including those who fell in the rain or were struck by broken glass.

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Torrential winds smashed signboards. A construction crane snapped and a window of a pachinko saloon was shattered in southwestern Japan’s Kagoshima city.

Bullet trains and airlines have suspended service. There were warnings about landslides and swelling rivers. Convenience stores and delivery services temporarily closed their doors in southwestern Japan, while some highways were closed and people had problems with cell phone connections.

The storm is expected to continue to dump rain on its northeasterly path over Japan’s main island of Honshu, before moving over Tokyo and then northeastern Japan.

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Yuri Kageyama is on Twitter https://twitter.com/yurikageyama

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