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Typhoon Hagibis pummels Japan, leaving 8 dead; 12 missing

Rivers rise to dangerous levels across the country

Shinkansen bullet trains are submerged at their base in Akanuma, Nagano Prefecture, central Japan, after the Chikuma River overflowed due to Typhoon Hagibis.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- A powerful typhoon barreled north off the Pacific coast of Japan early Sunday morning after wreaking havoc in the capital and northeastern parts of the mainland, leaving at least eight people dead and 12 missing.

Typhoon Hagibis, believed to be one of the strongest storms Japan has experienced in decades, brought torrential rains to the Tokyo metropolitan area, paralyzing transit systems and shutting down commercial facilities. Over 6 million people across Japan were advised to evacuate, but the evacuation advisories have since been lifted.

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