Strongest storm this year hits Japan
Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 8:16 AM - It's been a rough October for the residents of Japan.
A week after being hit by Typhoon Phanfone, the strongest storm to hit Japan this year made landfall on the main islands early Monday morning leaving one dead and more than 30 injured.
Typhoon Vongfong hit Kyushu on Monday at about 9:15 a.m. local time. The region's bullet train services were suspended since Sunday due to strong winds. About 300 flights also had to be cancelled out of local airports while hundreds of thousands were forced to leave their homes by officials.
Winds hit speeds of up to 143 km/h in Okinawa, despite the storm weakening as it made its way through the country. In Kunigami more than 500 mm of rainfall were reported.
In the country's capital torrential downpours and strong winds caused massive problems for officials. Transit essentially came to a halt after several streets were blocked by abandoned cars and debris. Public broadcaster NHK also reported that a 90-year-old man was found dead in a field irrigation ditch, while two more were missing.
The power supply was severely affected in much of the country leaving thousands of customers without electricity.
The tropical storm at one point had reached the equivalent strength of a category 5 hurricane and was one of the strongest storms seen anywhere this year.
Last week, typhoon Phanfone is said to have killed at least nine people including three members of the U.S. armed forces that were stationed in Okinawa.