Typhoon Etau slams into Japanese mainland

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TOKYO: Typhoon Etau slammed into Japan on Wednesday, bringing torrential rain and heavy winds that prompted evacuation orders and brought dozens of flights and train services to a halt. Japan’s weather agency said the storm, packing winds of up to 125 kilometers per hour landed in central Aichi prefecture shortly after 10:00 am local time (0100 GMT). Television footage showed cars sloshing through flooded streets and houses submerged due to heavy rains, as pedestrians waded through water that reached to their knees. The typhoon also disrupted air traffic, with at least 25 flights cancelled by Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways, Jiji Press new agency said, while select rail services were delayed.

AFP

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