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Typhoon Halong Heads Towards Japan - 2002-07-15


Typhoon Halong is heading toward Japan's main island of Honshu after unleashing powerful winds and heavy downpours in southern Japan. The storm left thousands of homes without power.

For the second time in a week, a typhoon is battering Japan.

Typhoon Halong bore down on Southern Japan with heavy winds and rain forcing residents to stay indoors. The typhoon caused power failures on a group of islands in Kagoshima Prefecture and Okinawa Prefecture. Nearly 50,000 households were left without electricity.

Airlines cancelled flights to some southern airports and ground transportation and ferry services also were disrupted.

The typhoon, named after picturesque Halong Bay in northern Vietnam, had winds of up to 125 kilometers per hour.

Soji Iwata, a weatherman on Japan's NHK Television, says the storm will hit the island of Kyushu and will then move eastward. He says it could pass over the Tokyo area Tuesday.

Up to 250 milimeters of rain are expected by Tuesday in parts of northern and western Japan.

Halong is similar in strength to Typhoon Chata'an, which swept through Japan last week. It left five people dead, forced thousands to evacuate their towns and flooded hundreds of homes.

Two other typhoons, Rammasun and Nakri, pounded the region in the past week. About 100 people have been killed by the storms during the past two weeks in Micronesia, the Philippines, China, and the Korean peninsula.

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