US military officials feared dead as typhoon slams into Japan By Miwa Suzuki4 minutes ago Wochit Typhoon Phanfone Heads To Tokyo After Killing U.S. AirmanStrong typhoon Phanfone slammed into Japan on Monday, packing gusts and huge waves that have already swept three US military officials out to sea, as it made a beeline for Tokyo.Related Stories
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Winds of up to 180 kilometres (112 miles) per hour whipped ashore as the typhoon made landfall in central Japan early in the morning, the meteorological agency said.The storm was near Yokohama, just south of Tokyo at 11:00 am (0200 GMT), heading directly for the political, cultural and economic capital of the country.Four people are already dead or missing, including three US military officials, according to Japanese police and coast guards.Typhoon Phanfone has also grounded more than 600 flights, and forced Japanese authorities to suspend the search for the bodies of those still missing more than a week after a volcano erupted, claiming dozens of lives.The leading edge of the storm brought a nasty commute to Tokyo’s morning rush hour, with hundreds of thousands of office workers caught up in the driving rain that was lashing the streets.The agency warned that landslides, floods, high waves and heavy rains could hit a large swathe of the archipelago, where a relatively wet summer brought numerous landslides, including in Hiroshima where more than 70 people died.Rail and road traffic were partially suspended while schools were closed in central and eastern Japan.Local governments in many areas issued evacuation advisories for hundreds of thousands of residents.