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Tropical Storm Halong Rages Over Japan - 2002-07-16


A tropical storm raged over Tokyo and other parts of Japan Tuesday. More than 1,000 people were evacuated from homes, and authorities closed hundreds of schools.

Typhoon Halong was downgraded to a tropical storm, but heavy rain and strong winds swept over Tokyo Tuesday.

At least 700 public schools canceled classes. 1,500 people were evacuated across the main island of Honshu for fear of floods and landslides.

One woman who had fled her home in northern Japan says that she knows people who died in a previous typhoon, so this is a really frightening experience for her.

This woman, spending the night on a bedroll in a community center, urges volunteers to help those affected by floods and landslides.

Sunday and Monday, Halong battered southern Japan. Electric power to 23,000 households failed in Okinawa and the Amami islands. Electricity was restored early Tuesday.

More than a dozen international flights in and out Narita Airport near Tokyo and at least 40 domestic fights were canceled. Some bullet train operations were halted as well.

Halong, named for a bay in Vietnam, is the second typhoon in one week to lash Japan. Typhoon Chata'an left five people dead last week.

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