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Typhoon Pummels Japan, 260,000 Evacuate


At least one person was killed and some 260,000 residents forced to evacuate their homes when a powerful typhoon hit Japan Monday, the Associated Press reports.

Wind speeds up to 100 mph and torrential rains centered on the city of Sendai as the typhoon, dubbed Man-yi, hit the city about 160 miles north of Tokyo, causing severe flooding and mudslides throughout the area. A 72-year-old woman was found dead in the debris of her home after it had been demolished by a mudslide in Shiga prefecture. The public news service NHK says at least three people remain missing. Roughly 260,000 were forced to leave their homes in the popular tourist city of Kyoto.

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