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Typhoons9 Japan Record*


Japan typhoon kills two

Sat 9 October, 2004 14:05

By Elaine Lies

TOKYO (Reuters) - The most powerful typhoon to hit eastern Japan in a decade has headed out to sea after pummelling Tokyo, leaving two dead, snarling transport on a long holiday weekend and forcing thousands in the countryside to evacuate.

Ma-on was the record ninth typhoon to hit Japan this year and the second in two weeks. Four people were missing and thousands stranded at the start of a three-day weekend after hundreds of flights were cancelled.

Around 2,400 people throughout Japan were evacuated from their homes, seeking refuge in schools and public halls, Kyodo news agency said on Saturday.

"This was definitely the most powerful typhoon to hit eastern Japan in the last 10 years," said a Meteorological Agency official.

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