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Typhoon Fitow Wreaks Havoc In Japan


(RTTNews) - One of the most powerful typhoons to hit Japan in recent memory has brought Tokyo to a standstill as Typhoon Fitow continued to cut a path of chaos across the western Pacific Ocean.

Fitow made landfall in the Kanagawa prefecture, just south of the capital, shortly before 2:30 a.m. Friday local time. It then shifted north and through Tokyo, creating downpours and violent winds.

Accompanied by winds clocked at 85 miles per hour, the storm has toppled trees, scattered branches and caused power outages as it moved across the regionl. More than 8 inches of rain have fallen on Yokota since Tuesday night, including some precipitation from before Fitow's arrival, causing rivers to swell and overflow. Local media reports say dozens of people have been injured.

Fitow has thoroughly disrupted airline and train service. Nippon Airways canceled all flights between Tokyo's Haneda airport and airports in the Izu island chain in the Pacific. Also, the Central Japan Railway Company has temporarily halted runs on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line between Shin-Fuji and Kakegawa stations in Shizuoka Prefecture.

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