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Typhoon Bart Lashes Southern Japan

September 24, 1999

TOKYO (AP) _ Typhoon Bart slammed Japan’s main southwestern island of Kyushu, killing at least four people, police said Friday. News reports said dozens of people were injured and hundreds of thousands of homes left without power.

Bart, packing winds of up to 89 mph, was near the southwestern coast of the main island of Honshu by late Friday morning, the Meteorological Agency said. It was moving at 34 mph to the northeast.

It was expected to pass over the Sea of Japan before shooting over the northern island of Hokkaido on Saturday, the agency said. It was likely to miss Tokyo.

The typhoon made landfall around dawn Friday near Kumamoto, 560 miles southwest of Tokyo.

Morita said more than 30 police officers were sent to Shiranui, where an unspecified number of homes were flooded close to their rooftops.

The National Police Agency said landslides were reported at 165 locations and 2,016 homes were flooded in southwestern Japan because of the typhoon.

NHK said a total of 88 people were injured on Kyushu and in Japan’s southernmost island prefecture of Okinawa, where the typhoon hit Wednesday.

NHK said about 8,000 people living along rivers evacuated, while 813,000 households were out of electricity. Most domestic flights and trains on Kyushu were either canceled or suspended.

Earlier on Okinawa, 1,000 miles southwest of Tokyo, 24 people were injured and about 110,000 homes suffered power outages. Dozens of homes were flooded.

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