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20 July 2011

Strong typhoon hits Shikoku, brings heavy winds, rain to western Japan

A large and powerful typhoon was heading north Tuesday, lashing Shikoku Island and parts of the Kinki region in western Japan with strong winds of over 90 kilometers per hour, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

At around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, the typhoon hit the southern part of Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku -- the first typhoon landfall in Japan this year and the first in July in four years, the agency said.

Torrential rain and strong winds due to the typhoon have injured at least 47 people in 15 prefectures with another reported missing and disrupted public transportation.

- Kyodo