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Typhoon Wipha Kills At Least 13 in Japan

A powerful typhoon is moving up Japan's Pacific coast, bringing heavy wind, strong rain and causing mudslides that have killed at least 13 people.

Typhoon Wipha did its worst damage in Izu Oshima island, south of Tokyo. Officials say at least 50 people there are missing after several houses were destroyed or swept away.

The storm also disrupted the morning commute as it brushed past Tokyo, halting trains, canceling flights, and shutting down schools and offices.



The capital appears to avoided major damage, though authorities are searching for two young boys missing after playing on a beach.

Wipha is also taking aim at the troubled Fukushima nuclear power plant, where rainwater in the past has contributed to ongoing radiation leaks. The plant's operators did not report any abnormal radiation levels as the storm approached.

The storm was packing winds of up to 180 kilometers per hour, but is expected to weaken to a tropical depression later Wednesday.

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