Strong Cyclone Lashes India; Typhoon Hits Japan
A powerful cyclone was lashing a large swath of India’s eastern seaboard with heavy rain and strong winds on Sunday, uprooting trees, snapping power cables and killing at least two people, one of two storms pounding Asia.
In Japan, at least 35 people were reported injured as Typhoon Vongfong, packing winds of up to 180 kilometers (110 miles) per hour and heavy rain, hit the southern island of Okinawa and was aiming at the island of Kyushu, where authorities told 150,000 people to evacuate.
Cyclone Hudhud had winds of 195 kilometers (120 miles) per hour when the edge of the storm hit land after sweeping through the Bay of Bengal, Chief Staff Officer of India’s Eastern Naval Command Rear Admiral S.K. Grewal told reporters. The cyclone’s wind speed dipped to about 160 kph (100 mph), but was expected to pick up again later Sunday, he said.