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Japan storm cuts power to tens of thousands in Hokkaido

Published on Nov 28, 2012 2:03 PM
 
This photo taken on Nov 27, 2012 shows pedestrians walking down a snow covered street in Sapporo in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido. Tens of thousands of people in northern Japan spent the night without heat or light after a powerful winter storm knocked out electricity cables, local officials said Wednesday. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Tens of thousands of people in northern Japan spent the night without heat or light after a powerful winter storm knocked out electricity cables, local officials said Wednesday.

The blizzard cut electricity to some 56,000 households in the northern main island of Hokkaido on Tuesday, forcing nearly 300 people to evacuate their homes overnight, a local government official said.

Noboribetsu city was blanketed by 18 centimetres of snow and the temperature fell as low as minus 5.7 degrees Celsius early Wednesday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Power was restored by the morning in some areas but went down again shortly afterwards. Muroran, an industrial city on Hokkaido's Pacific coast, was badly affected, a spokesman for Hokkaido Electric Power Co said.

 
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