Typhoon Chaba pounds southern Japanese island, cutting power

from Agence France-Presse
Published on 29 Aug 2004
TOKYO, Aug 29 (AFP) - Super Typhoon Chaba pounded the southern Japanese island of Amami-Oshima Sunday with heavy rain and strong winds, cutting off electricity to some 20,000 households, officials said.

Generating maximum windspeeds of around 160 kilometers (100 miles) per hour, the typhoon dropped 300 millimeters (12 inches) of rain in the island, flooding at least 100 households, police in Amami-Oshima said.

"So far no one was injured," a police spokesman said, adding that the house flooding subsided later in the day. No evacuation order was issued.

Chaba, meaning hibiscus in Thai, is some 100 kilometers (62 miles) east of the island which lies 1,300 kilometers (800 miles) south of Tokyo, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

It is moving northwest at a speed of 15 kilometers (nine miles) per hour and expected to hit parts of Kyushu island in southwestern Japan by early Monday, Kyodo news agency said.

In Kyushu Monday, Typhoon Chaba could dump up to 800 millimeters (32 inches) of rain with waves likely to reach as high as eight meters, the agency said.

Due to the typhoon, more than 240 domestic flights were canceled, affecting some 15,000 passengers, it added.


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