Powerful typhoon batters Japan

Powerful typhoon batters Japan

At least one person was killed and a 16-year-old girl remains missing after falling into a flooded river as a powerful typhoon hit mainland Japan.

More than 150,000 people in the path of the storm were ordered to evacuate homes that were considered at risk of high waves, storm surges or landslides.

At least 450 domestic and international flights were cancelled, affecting 35,000 passengers, while bullet train services were halted for safety reasons, leaving thousands of passengers stranded.

Local trains were also halted or delayed and some roads were closed due to landslides or damage to bridges.

Typhoon Guchol hit land south of Osaka (pictured) shortly after 5pm local time on Tuesday and travelled north along the island of Honshu at a speed of 40 mph before merging into the Pacific Ocean.

Winds gusting up to 110 mph were recorded, the equivalent force of a category 3 hurricane.

Torrential rainfall accompanied the typhoon with the town of Kitaibaraki, north of Tokyo, recording 2.2 inches of rain an hour early Wednesday, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Some 10,400 people living in the town of Ishinomaki - devastated by the tsunami triggered by last year's earthquake - were among those told to evacuate as the typhoon coincided with a high tide.

Another storm system is approaching southern Japan, the fifth of the season. Typhoon Talim is expected to make landfall on Friday.

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