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Typhoon wreaks havoc

October 09, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A typhoon tore through Japan's main island, peeling roofs off houses, cutting electricity to hundreds of thousands and forcing flight cancellations. Two men died.

During morning rush hour, more than 2 million commuters in Tokyo were stranded for hours as train service on several lines was suspended, while in other regions trucks were toppled on highways and bridges were destroyed by flash floods.

A man died when his motorbike slammed into a downed tree in Wakayama prefecture, and another was killed by a falling tree north of Tokyo.

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