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Tropical storm makes landfall in Japan, still reeling from deadly flooding

Tropical Storm Jongdari knocked out power to thousands. At least 16 people have been injured, NHK reported.
Image: Typhoon Jongdari in the Pacific Ocean is heading for central Japan
Pedestrians crossing a road struggle against the strong wind and rain in Tokyo on July 28, 2018, as a tropical storm was expected to make landfall in central Japan. Jiji Press / EPA
/ Source: Associated Press

TOKYO — A tropical storm in Japan disrupted transportation and knocked out power to thousands of homes in its path as it headed west toward a region still recovering from devastating rains earlier this month.

At least 16 people have been injured, according to a tally by Japan's public broadcaster, NHK.

Tropical Storm Jongdari made landfall about 1 a.m. Sunday in central Japan after dumping heavy rain on Tokyo and other parts of eastern Japan the previous day.

Downgraded from a typhoon, it had maximum sustained winds of 90 kilometers per hour (56 miles per hour) with gusts up to 126 kph (78 mph).

A fisherman looks around fishing boats secured in preparation for an approaching typhoon in Kamogawa, near Tokyo, Saturday, July 28, 2018.Yoshitaka Sugawara / Kyodo News via AP

Airlines cancelled many flights to and from the affected regions Sunday for the second day in a row, and train service was delayed or suspended.

Electric utilities reported scattered power outages as the storm moved from east to west, NHK said.

Residents and workers piled up sandbags Saturday to guard against flooding in Okayama and Hiroshima prefectures, the two states hit hardest by landslides and floods that killed more than 200 people during record rains in western Japan in early July. Authorities issued evacuation advisories throughout the affected areas.