April 3rd, 2012
08:40 AM ET

Strong winds slow Japan to halt

A spring storm packing typhoon-strength winds caused two deaths and paralyzed traffic in Japan on Tuesday.

In Toyama, strong winds pulled down a barn, killing a man, police there said. In Ishikawa prefecture, an 82-year-old woman died after hitting her head when she fell in strong wind.

Japan's meteorological agency predicted a developing low pressure system and front in the Sea of Japan will create strong winds and heavy rain in Japan from Tuesday morning through Wednesday. The agency asked people to avoid potential weather hazards by remaining indoors.

Strong gusts and rain hit western Japan in the morning and widened northward throughout the day.

A record-breaking wind was recorded in the western city of Tomogashima, at 150 kilometers per hour (94 miles per hour).

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  1. Cesar The Chorizo Chimp Of Chihuahua

    It's HAARP

    April 3, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. fernace

    This reminds me of the Santa Ana's in Cali! They sometimes get strong enough to knock down trees & unsecured structures, but it's fun to walk into the wind & let it hold you up! Somehow I don't think the Ja.panese are having much fun w/this 1! Sorry to hear it!!

    April 3, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    What in the world is going on with Ja pan ? Have they angered their gods or something ? It's almost like they're being made an example of.

    April 3, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Superman

    Try a 100mph gust at 17,000 ft now thats a major blow ! But these people have had enough your right the gods are angry

    April 4, 2012 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |