Tsunami town hit by typhoon

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A TYPHOON has slammed into north­ern Ja­pan, threat­en­ing to bring floods to an area still re­cov­er­ing from the 2011 tsunami.

Typhoon Lion­rock made land­fall near the city of Ofu­nato, about 300 miles north-east of Tokyo.

Even be­fore the storm hit land it had paral­ysed traf­fic, caused black­outs and prompted of­fi­cials to urge res­i­dents to flee the 78mph winds.

More than 170,000 peo­ple were sub­ject to evac­u­a­tion, in­clud­ing 38,000 in Ofu­nato, though only some of them ac­tu­ally went to shel­ters.

More than 10,000 homes were with­out elec­tric­ity, with power lines downed by the winds.

The March 2011 earthquake and tsunami left more than 18,000 peo­ple dead on Ja­pan’s north­ern coast, in­clud­ing 340 in Ofu­nato.

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