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Typhoon Halong rips through western Japan, dozens injured

Published on Aug 10, 2014 5:08 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - Typhoon Halong slammed into western Japan on Sunday, leaving dozens of people injured while the coastguard searched for a man who went missing apparently while surfing when the storm hit.

Halong made landfall on the largest and most populous island of Honshu. Packing winds of up to 162 kilometres per hour, the typhoon was moving north-northeast at 35 kilometres per hour and expected to move away from the Japanese archipelago, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

But the weather agency maintained its highest warning against torrential rain for some areas of Honshu.

In southwestern Wakayama prefecture, a man who was apparently surfing on the Pacific coast went missing early Sunday, local police said.

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