Powerful typhoon lashes Japan, causing floods as thousands evacuate

TOKYO (AP) — A powerful typhoon is battering Japan today.

Typhoon Man-yi arrived with 100 mph winds and torrential rains, damaging homes and flooding parts of the country’s popular tourist destination of Kyoto. Some 260,000 people in Kyoto’s city center have been ordered to evacuate to shelters.

Dozens of people have been injured. Police and disaster management officials say a 72-year-old woman was found dead after her body was dug out of the debris of her home smashed by a mudslide the Sunday night, east of Kyoto. Public broadcaster NHK says three others are missing.

Disaster officials say more than 300 homes have been flooded across the western and central Japan, while some 80,000 homes were without electricity.

The operator of the crippled Fukushima Da-ichi (foo-koo-SHEE’-mah dy-EE’-chee) nuclear power plant has been pumping accumulated rainwater to the Pacific to avoid flooding near storage tanks containing radioactive water. Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority says that could violate safety rules, at regulators at the plant are checking that any radioactivity in the released water is within discharge limits.

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APPHOTO TOK906: Cars are submerged in water as the area is flooded by torrential rains caused by a powerful typhoon in Obama, Fukui Prefecture, western Japan, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Typhoon Man-yi, one of the most powerful storms to lash Japan this season, was bearing down on Japan and went past Tokyo on Monday, leaving one dead and dumping torrential rains, damaging homes and flooding parts of the country’s popular tourist destination of Kyoto, where hundreds of thousands of people were ordered to evacuate to shelters. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY (16 Sep 2013)

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APPHOTO TOK804: Hotel guests get a boat ride through a flooded street after the Katsura River was overflooded by torrential rains caused by a powerful typhoon in the country’s popular tourist destination of Kyoto, western Japan, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Typhoon Man-yi, one of the most powerful storms to lash Japan this season, was packing wind speeds of 162 kilometres (100 miles) per hour Monday morning and headed toward Tokyo. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY (16 Sep 2013)

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APPHOTO TOK803: Roads in residential areas along the Katsura River are submerged in water as the river overflooded by torrential rains caused by a powerful typhoon in Kyoto, western Japan, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Typhoon Man-yi, one of the most powerful storms to lash Japan this season, was packing wind speeds of 162 kilometres (100 miles) per hour Monday morning and headed toward Tokyo. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY (16 Sep 2013)

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APPHOTO TOK802: The Togetsukyo Bridge is seen just above the Katsura River as the river flooded by torrential rains caused by a powerful typhoon, submerging houses in surrounding residential areas in Kyoto, western Japan, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Typhoon Man-yi, one of the most powerful storms to lash Japan this season, was packing wind speeds of 162 kilometres (100 miles) per hour Monday morning and headed toward Tokyo. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, CREDIT MANDATORY (16 Sep 2013)

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