Wednesday saw the departure of a powerful storm that ripped through Japan, wreaking havoc and causing ground and air transportation to come to a halt. On Tuesday wind speeds were recorded at more than 89 miles per hour and the Meteorlogical Agency has said that string winds will persist in northern Japan. Four deaths have been reported by police and hundreds of people were injured.
Commuter train service was stopped and more than 500 hundred of flights were grounded in the Tokyo region. By Wednesday train service had returned to normal, but an additional 70 flights were canceled on Wednesday. Two nuclear power plants in northern Japan experienced power disruptions, which caused cooling of the reactors to stop for about 30 minutes. Tohoku Electric Power Co. Said there was no issue with safety during this time. The Fukushima plant was unaffected by the storm.
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