Tropical storm hits Japan, heads for hard-hit western region
A resident pile up sandbags near houses Saturday, July 28, 2018 in preparation for an approaching typhoon at Kure city, Hiroshima prefecture, southwestern Japan, where unusual heavy rains hit earlier this month. (Takuya Inaba/Kyodo News via AP)
The Associated Press
Published Saturday, July 28, 2018 8:16PM EDT
TOKYO -- A tropical storm in Japan disrupted transportation and knocked out power to thousands of homes in its path as it headed west toward a region still recovering from devastating rains earlier this month.
At least 16 people have been injured, according to a tally by Japan's public broadcaster, NHK.
Tropical Storm Jongdari made landfall about 1 a.m. Sunday in central Japan after dumping heavy rain on Tokyo and other parts of eastern Japan the previous day. Downgraded from a typhoon, it had maximum sustained winds of 90 kilometres per hour with gusts up to 126 kph.
Airlines cancelled many flights to and from the affected regions Sunday for the second day in a row, and train service was delayed or suspended. Electric utilities reported scattered power outages as the storm moved from east to west, NHK said.
Residents and workers piled up sandbags Saturday to guard against flooding in Okayama and Hiroshima prefectures, the two states hit hardest by landslides and floods that killed more than 200 people during record rains in western Japan in early July. Authorities issued evacuation advisories throughout the affected areas.