(UPDATED) Tokyo, JAPAN — 2013 Typhoon Wipha passed close to Tokyo.
- 3 killed in Japan during typhoon Wipha and causing landslides that swallowed houses on a Japanese island.
Historic Typhoon in Japan: The Typhoon Wipha was described as the strongest to hit Japan in 10 years, and was heading towards the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Some 30 people were missing after five houses were destroyed or swept away in landslides and floods on Oshima island, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) south of Tokyo, reported national broadcaster NHK. Tokyo police said two bodies had been found in a swollen river and one pulled from a smashed house, said NHK.
Two people were rescued who were trapped inside a destroyed house, but police and firefighters have not been able to get access to many areas on Oshima island. Live footage of the tourist island showed severe storm damage, according to report.
Violent winds and heavy rainfall hit the Tokyo area early Wednesday morning on October 16, 2013 as the Typhoon Wipha moved northeast off the coast of central Japan.
“It is the strongest typhoon in 10 years to pass the Kanto region (Tokyo and its vicinity),” said Hiroyuki Uchida, the weather agency’s chief forecaster, on Tuesday.
“It is expected to have a great impact on the traffic systems in the metropolitan area during commuting hours,” he added.
Japanese airlines cancelled 500 flights during Typhoon Wipha, while rail companies said 30 high-speed trains and 100 other trains were also cancelled.
Schools asked students to stay home, and Nissan told employees across Kanto to stay at home for the morning to ride out the storm.
Accuweather reported that Tokyo received about 200 mm (8 inches) of rainfall, but the greatest amount was on Oshima island, where rainfall amounts reached more than 815 mm (32 inches).
Typhoon Wipha in 2013 (other typhoon of the same name in 2007), known in the Philippines as Typhoon Tino, was a large typhoon that caused extensive damage in Japan in mid-October 2013. Japan group of islands is located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, the East China Sea.
Typhoon Wipha originated from a tropical depression well to the east of Guam on October 8. Tracking generally westward, development of the depression was initially slow; however, on October 11, favorable atmospheric conditions allowed for rapid intensification.
Top winds of typhoon Wipha in the Tokyo area were clocked at 94 mph at Tateyama on the south coast of the capital. Image/AP