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Deadly storm swipes Japan

Typhoon-like storm causes significant damage in Japan
Typhoon-like storm causes significant damage in Japan

Staff writers

April 4, 2012 — At least four people are dead after a spring storm hit Japan Tuesday.

Typhoon-strength winds and heavy rain battered Japan on Tuesday leaving at least four people dead and hundreds injured across the country.

The storm cut power to thousands of customers and impacted travel in and around Tokyo.

More than 500 flights were grounded on Tuesday and train service was brought to halt as well. Officials say the train service resumed on Wednesday as conditions improved through the early morning hours.

Strong winds however, are expected to persist in northern Japan throughout the day.

Brief power outages were also reported at two nuclear power plants in northern Japan, but officials say it did not have an impact on safety at either plant.

The Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, which suffered meltdowns at three reactors during last year's tsunami, was unaffected by the storm.

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