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Tropical storm crosses southwest Japan; 1 dead, dozens injured

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By Mari Yamaguchi

A powerful tropical storm lashed southwestern Japan on Thursday with massive rain and strong winds, leaving one dead and at least 34 others injured, paralyzing traffic and cutting power to thousands of homes during Japan's Obon holiday week.

Tropical storm Krosa landed near Kure in Hiroshima Prefecture on Thursday afternoon and was traveling north with winds of up to 144 kilometers per hour, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

An 82-year-old man fell into the sea while mooring vessels in Hiroshima. At least 34 others were injured, including four seriously, in 11 southwestern prefectures, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency. Kyodo News agency said 49 people were injured, citing its own tally.

Parts of the storm-hit region, including Hiroshima, are still recovering from deadly flooding last year.

A group of 18 people, including children, who had been stranded while camping on the bank of a swollen river in Oita, were safely rescued Thursday, the disaster management agency said.

More than 7,000 people have moved to shelters in 21 prefectures in the western half of the Japanese archipelago. Bullet trains connecting Osaka and Kokura in the west were suspended Thursday, and hundreds of domestic flights grounded, holding up holidaymakers.

More than 2,500 homes were without electricity Thursday night, according to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

The typhoon was losing strength and was expected to become a tropical storm by early Saturday, but was still expected to dump large amounts of rain.

The agency predicted accumulated rainfall of up to 1.2 meters (4 feet) across Japan. Warnings for mudslides were issued in some areas including Nara and Wakayama.

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never understood why people get the urge to get on their roofs and go out to the seasides when typhoons come...

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I stayed home and the worst that happened was that Krosa pushed some water into a room on the second floor...

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An 82-year-old man fell into the sea while mooring vessels in Hiroshima

Was this during or before the winds?

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Only lot of rain here in Osaka, the wind was soso. I heard one guy had the door slam closed due to the hard wind while he had is hand on the doorpost, losing two fingers.

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We were lucky in Tatsuno, it went west to Okayama and Hiroshima.

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"A group of 18 people, including children, who had been stranded while camping on the bank of a swollen river in Oita, were safely rescued Thursday, the disaster management agency said."

I know it sucks that typhoons more often then not hit on holidays (or weekends), but they should NOT have been camping when a typhoon was on its way, and this was a slow moving typhoon that was predicted to hit. I'm glad they were safely rescued, however.

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I thought the people complaining yesterday that the zoo and Anpanman Museum etc being closed during the holiday were a bit dim, but going camping by a river when a typhon is coming is one for the Darwin Awards,

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A group of 18 people, including children, who had been stranded while camping on the bank of a swollen river in Oita, were safely rescued Thursday, the disaster management agency said.

According to other news : these people got caught in Wednesday afternoon by the sudden rise of the river level. They were there for a barbecue not camping, they had tents most likely because of the same reason they have tents when they go to the beach. The typhoon was expected for the 15th and it landed in the afternoon of the 15th. They were rescued on the 15th.

http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201908150026.html

'@ Bungle,

News about this poor man were out at 4:00pm, the landing was around 3:15pm. In Osaka we have had guts of wind since a while and there are still some. It is quite possible, he was pushed by one of these. It is a pity. My condolences to the bereaved.

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The article does not say that the old man died, but I am guessing so. Poor guy.

So many leaking windows suggests the wind blew from some unusual directions.

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