Storm Winds Disrupt Japan Rail, Air Transport for Second Day

High winds and rainfall generated by two low-pressure systems disrupted train and flight operations over wide areas of Japan for a second day, with further storms forecast.

Some flights departing from Sapporo in northern Japan were canceled, All Nippon Airways Co. said on its website. Operations on parts of eight rail lines on Japan’s north main island were canceled or delayed, Hokkaido Railway Co. said.

Northern and eastern Japan will experience strong winds through April 8 with some areas receiving heavy rain, the Japan Meteorological Agency said today on its website. One low-pressure system in the Japan Sea and another in the Tokyo region will merge near Hokkaido by tomorrow morning, the agency said.

Winds as strong as 126 kilometers (78 miles) per hour may hit northern Japan with some areas in Hokkaido seeing up to 50 millimeters (2 inches) of rain per hour, according to the weather agency. Waves as high as 8 meters are expected along northern coasts, the agency said.

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