Deaths reported as weakening Noru slams Japan
Monday, August 7, 2017, 8:23 PM - Tropical Depression Noru, once the strongest storm on Earth, has slammed Japan with intense winds and torrential downpours.
At least two people were reported dead in the storm's wake as it passed just south of the Japanese island of Kyushu. Reuters reports one man died after being blown down by the winds, while another fatality was a fisherman. A further nine people are missing.
Japanese broadcaster NHK says hundreds of flights were cancelled, and thousands of people were placed on evacuation notice as more than a month's worth of rain fell on some areas.
The storm's path clipped the island of Shikoku before making direct landfall on Honshu, Japan's main and largest island with more than 100 million people. If the center's predicted path holds, the weakening, though still powerful, storm is set to traverse most of the length of Honshu, taking its centre not far north of Tokyo. Its remnants are set to exit the island out into the Pacific by Wednesday.
The storm has so far been the most powerful to form on Earth in 2017, briefly reaching Category 5 status about a week again as it meandered through the ocean.