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Monday, 1st October 2012
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Typhoon Jelawat causing havoc in Japan

A typhoon has hit Japanese shores, bringing with it wind speeds of up to 78 miles-per-hour, the Japan Meteorological Agency revealed.

Local media has claimed at least two people have died in the storm, including a 56-year-old man who drowned in Mie, the AFP reported.

At least 181 people have also been injured in the severe weather, according to the broadcaster NHK, with a 29-year-old man also being taken down by high waves on the southern island of Okinawa.

Evacuation notices were issued to tens of thousands of residents across the nation in an effort to move people away from escalating river levels that could lead to flooding.

Dubbed 'Jelawat', it is hoped the typhoon will be down graded to a tropical depression over the course of today (October 1st), but strong winds and waves are still expected to hit Hokkaido. 

Images have been published online to demonstrate the magnitude of the storm, which is battering shores and even overturned a vehicle. 

Posted by Susan Ballion  

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