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Downpour Halts Bullet Trains as Typhoon Man-Yi Approaches Tokyo

Central Japan Railway Co. temporarily suspended bullet-train services near Tokyo while residents got a flood warning as Typhoon Man-Yi heading toward the capital, causing downpours in central and eastern Japan.

Man-Yi, the 18th typhoon this season, was moving north-northwest at about 30 kilometers (19 miles) per hour and was forecast to make landfall near Tokyo tomorrow, the Japan Meteorological Agency said on its website. The maximum wind gust speed was 35 meters a second, it said.

Central Japan Railway suspended bullet train operations between Shin-Yokohama and Odawara stations in Kanagawa prefecture, south of Tokyo, for almost an hour due to heavy rain, public television broadcaster NHK reported on its website. All Nippon Airways Co. canceled six flights between Tokyo’s Haneda airport and Hachijojima island today, NHK said.

The Meteorological Agency issued a flood warning to residents living near the Kokai river in Tochigi Prefecture, north of Tokyo, and lifted an earlier flood warning for the Meguro river, which runs through Tokyo. An evacuation warning was issued for about 4,000 homes in Hiratsuka city, south of Tokyo, NHK reported.

The agency expects central and western Japan to receive as much as 600 millimeters of rain by tomorrow morning, and areas around Tokyo to get 350 millimeters of rain, NHK said.

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