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Downgraded typhoon brushes past Fukushima on way out to sea

Published on Jul 11, 2014 2:07 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - Tropical storm Neoguri skirted past the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant on Japan's east coast on Friday and blew out to sea, leaving behind it a trail of destruction and several people dead.

The storm was downgraded from a typhoon after sweeping past Tokyo earlier Friday, where it failed to disrupt the morning rush-hour, but was still packing winds of up to 83 kilometres an hour and bringing heavy rain.

Workers at Fukushima had been scrambling to insulate the plant from any storm damage, but Neoguri appeared to have little impact on the site as it headed out into the Pacific.

"We are not seeing any rainfall or strong winds" near the plant, a local weather agency official said. "The impact of the storm is likely to fade out soon," he added.

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