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Irma toll up to 50 in Florida; Typhoon rips through Japan leaving 3 dead
by Staff Writers
Miami (AFP) Sept 18, 2017


Two dead, three missing as typhoon rips through Japan
Tokyo (AFP) Sept 18, 2017 - A powerful typhoon ripped through the Japanese archipelago on Monday, leaving two people dead and three others missing, officials and news reports said.

Typhoon Talim made landfall Sunday in Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan's four main islands, packing winds of up to 162 kilometres (105 miles) per hour, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The storm, moving northeast along the country, reached the nation's northern island of Hokkaido by Monday morning, dumping torrential rain and paralysing domestic transportation on its way.

A 86-year-old woman was found dead late Sunday after her house was hit by a landslide in Kagawa, western Japan, while a 60-year-old driver was found dead in his car which sank under a swollen river in Kochi, also in western Japan, local police officers said.

Public broadcaster NHK said three people were missing in western Japan, and 38 people had been injured in storm-related accidents.

At least 116 domestic flights were cancelled on Monday because of strong winds, and some bullet train services were suspended in northern Japan due to the typhoon, NHK said.

Authorities have issued warnings of rainstorms, high seas, possible landslides and flooding across the nation, as the storm maintained its strength.

The typhoon had battered the southern Okinawan island chain before it hit Kyushu, causing the most rain seen over a 24-hour period in 50 years in the city of Miyako.

Big storms regularly strike Japan, with 22 people killed when Typhoon Lionrock pounded the country last September.

Last month, Typhoon Noru killed two people and injured 51.

The toll from Hurricane Irma in the US state of Florida stood at 50 dead Monday as officials tallied up the victims of the mega-storm, which ripped through the state last week.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management put the official toll at 34, but it excluded eight known deaths in the Keys and eight more in a nursing home in Hollywood, north of Miami.

Those deaths put the toll state-wide to 50.

Alberto Moscoso, spokesman for the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the deaths in the Keys were not included because Monroe County, which includes the hard-hit island chain south of Miami, had yet to file its official count.

The Monroe County Twitter account posted it had recorded eight deaths Wednesday -- although the Miami Herald reported nine.

At least a quarter of houses in the Keys were destroyed, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) -- while 65 per cent of buildings suffered damage.

Some 372,000 people were still without power in Florida Monday after 15 million suffered outages during the storm.

Irma also killed at least another 40 people in the Caribbean before hitting the Keys September 10 as a Category Four hurricane with winds of 180 miles (295 kilometers) per hour, and then barreling up the length of the state.

Now, the Caribbean is bracing for Hurricane Maria -- which was upgraded to a Category Four storm Monday.

Maria is expected to make landfall in Puerto Rico on Wednesday before heading north.

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