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Typhoon Vongfong Leaves 2 Dead, 1 Missing in Japan

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A strong wind caused by tropical storm Vongfong blows a woman's hair across her face on a street in Tokyo, October 14, 2014.

A strong wind caused by tropical storm Vongfong blows a woman's hair across her face on a street in Tokyo, October 14, 2014.

Typhoon Vongfong has weakened and is heading away from Japan, after killing at least two people and leaving one other person missing.

Japan's Meteorological Agency said Vongfong still had winds of up to 110 kilometers per hour after being downgraded to a tropical depression.

After the storm passed through western Japan, a 90-year-old man was found dead in a field irrigation ditch, while a 72-year-old man drowned. Another person was missing and nearly 100 people were injured, according to Reuters.

The storm brought heavy rains to Tokyo early Tuesday, slowing the morning commute. By midday, the sun was out and most flights and commuter train service had resumed.

Vongfong peaked with winds of 234 kilometers per hour Saturday and damaged homes as it crossed over Japan's southern islands.

It injured at least 94 people and knocked out power for tens of thousands. Local media said authorities had urged more than 800,000 people to evacuate.

Vongfong is the second typhoon to hit Japan in the past week, after Typhoon Phanfone killed seven people, including three U.S. servicemen.

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