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Typhoon Hits Southern Japan as Flights, Ferry Services Canceled

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Oct. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Typhoon Danas hammered southern Japan, wrecking a town hall and forcing refinery operations to stop. Flights in Japan and ferry services from South Korea were canceled.

Storm and high wave warnings were issued as wind gusts reached 180 kilometers per hour (112 miles per hour). The winds shattered windows and blasted through a wall at a town hall on Yoron island in Japan’s southwest, Kyodo news reported.

Japan Air Commuter Co., a subsidiary of Japan Airlines Co., canceled 107 domestic flights to and from southern Japanese airports, Kazunori Kidosaki, a spokesman for the parent company, said by telephone. All Nippon Airways Co. canceled eight flights, according to spokesman Maho Ito.

Busan Port Authority in southern South Korea canceled the only service between Busan and Jeju yesterday and today. Morning services ran from Busan to Fukuoka and Tsushima island, although afternoon cruises to Fukuoka, Shimonoseki and Osaka were canceled.

Danas was about 220 kilometers southwest of Goto, a city of 40,500 near Nagasaki, Japan, at 9:50 a.m., local time, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. It had sustained winds of 126 kilometers per hour, making it a Category 1 storm, the weakest on the five-step Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

Nansei Sekiyu KK halted refining and shipping operations yesterday at its 100,000 barrel-a-day Nishihara plant in Okinawa, the company said in a statement on its website. JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corp. ceased marine shipments at its Mizushima refinery, and plans to cease shipments at its Marifu refinery later today.

To contact the reporters on this story: Jacob Adelman in Tokyo at jadelman1@bloomberg.net; Kiyotaka Matsuda in Tokyo at kmatsuda@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jason Rogers at jrogers73@bloomberg.net

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