Typhoon Danas Buffets Mainland; 5 Killed

From Times Wire Reports

Typhoon Danas swept onto the Japanese mainland and headed for Tokyo early today, killing five people, flooding homes and businesses and slowing transportation.

The storm dropped slightly below typhoon strength as it moved inland, but its 67-mph winds were still threatening as they buffeted Kamakura, about 30 miles southwest of Tokyo.

Japan's Meteorological Agency warned of overflowing rivers, violent winds, high waves and mudslides. Rains were expected to intensify in the east and north, with forecasts calling for more than 30 inches today in some areas.

Two workers died in Gumma prefecture when they were buried under an embankment that collapsed during a highway inspection. A mudslide buried an elderly couple in their home in Nagano, 110 miles northwest of Tokyo, and a man died after he was blown off a rooftop while he was fixing an antenna.

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