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Tropical Storm Neoguri Weakens as it Passes Tokyo

Landslide In Nagiso
A TV crew works near the Nashizawa river following a landslide at Nagiso in Nagano prefecture, Japan, on July 10, 2014. Source: Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images

Tropical Storm Neoguri is making its closest pass to Tokyo as it loses strength on a track into the Pacific, leaving at least three dead in its wake.

Neoguri’s winds had dropped to 74 kilometers (46 miles) per hour at 11 a.m. New York time when the U.S. Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center issued its last advisory on the storm, which is being overwhelmed by wind shear and cooler waters.

“It’s almost down to what I would call a non-storm,” said Jim Andrews, a meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc. in State College, Pennsylvania. “It’s pretty disjointed-looking on the satellite. By tomorrow it will be gone, just plain gone.”

Three deaths since July 6 have been attributed to Neoguri, including that of a 12-year-old boy who was killed in a landslide in Nagiso, in the central prefecture of Nagano, according to a statement from Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

The disaster agency also said the storm was responsible for the deaths of an 83-year-old man whose body was found in an irrigation canal in the Fukushima prefecture city of Koriyama in northeastern Japan and of a 77-year-old man who fell into a waterway in Seiyo, Ehime prefecture, in Shikoku.

Injuries Reported

The storm was blamed for 46 injuries across the country, five of them serious, according to the disaster agency. Officials in the Kyushu city of Amakusa earlier urged 87,327 residents to take shelter in gyms and other centers as the storm threatened homes, public broadcaster NHK reported on its website.

Andrews said at about 3 p.m. New York time that barometric pressure in Tokyo had probably reached its lowest point, meaning the storm had come as close to Japan’s capital as it was going to.

In addition to shear and colder water, a low pressure system over the China-Russia border is disrupting Neoguri as it moves north.

“It’s going to be losing out and the other storm is going to be gaining,” Andrews said. That storm is dumping heavy rains across other parts of Japan as it feeds on the warm moist air Neoguri brought north.

Neoguri may linger as a remnant in coming days, he said.

To the south, the U.S. Navy is tracking a tropical depression about 689 kilometers east-southeast of Andersen Air Force Base on Guam.

Andrews said the depression may grow into a typhoon and move northward next week. He said Japan, China, Taiwan and South Korea should monitor its progress.

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