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Typhoon Halong makes landfall on Japan's western main island

Published on Aug 10, 2014 6:28 AM
Vehicles drive down a flooded road in the city of Tsu, Mie prefecture as Typhoon Halong brings rain -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Typhoon Halong slammed into Japan's western main island early on Sunday after Japan's weather agency issued its highest alert as the storm lashed the south-west of the country.

The strong typhoon made landfall near Aki, Kochi prefecture, on Shikoku island at around 6am (5am Singapore time), an official at the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Late on Saturday, the agency issued its highest warning for Mie prefecture, some 300km west of Tokyo, as the outer bands of the storm were already lashing the region and other areas of south-western Japan, the agency said.

The warning means that the storm poses a threat to life and could inflict massive damage, the meteorological agency said.

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