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1.3M Flee as Typhoon Closes In on Japan

Two missing as waters rise ahead of storm
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 20, 2011 6:53 AM CDT

(Newser) – More than a million people in central Japan were urged to evacuate today as a powerful typhoon approached, triggering floods that left two people missing. Public broadcaster NHK said about 1.3 million people have been ordered or advised to leave their homes, including 80,000 people in Nagoya. Heavy rains as the storm approached caused floods and road damage in dozens of locations in Nagoya and several other cities, the Aichi prefectural government said.

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Television footage showed Nagoya residents wading through water up to their knees. In parts of the city near swollen rivers, rescue workers helped residents evacuate in rubber boats. Police in nearby Gifu prefecture said a 9-year-old boy and an 84-year-old man were missing after apparently falling into swollen rivers. The Meteorological Agency says the typhoon is located off the southern coast of Japan's southwestern main island of Shikoku with winds of 89 miles per hour. It could reach the Tokyo area by tomorrow afternoon, the agency said. (Read more typhoon stories.)

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