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Powerful Storm Injures 21 in Japan

June 19, 2003

TOKYO (AP) _ A tropical storm cut across southern Japan Thursday, leaving at least 21 people injured and dozens of homes damaged.

As of late Thursday, the storm was packing winds of 56 mph and was centered in the Sea of Japan, meteorological officials said. It was downgraded from a typhoon earlier Thursday.

Twenty-one people were injured, mostly hit by falling objects, in Japan’s southern main island of Kyushu, police spokesman Kinya Hirano said. None of the injuries were life threatening.

Twenty-six houses were damaged with roof tiles blown off and windows and walls shattered, Hirano said. Landslides were reported in 22 places on Kyushu.

Nearly 10,000 homes were left without electricity Thursday evening as utility officials continued working to restore power, Japan’s public broadcaster NHK said.

NHK said 257 domestic flights scheduled for Thursday had been canceled. Local train and ferry services, including some linking Japan and South Korea, were called off or delayed.

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