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Japan storm killed 4, left hundreds wounded: officials

Massive summer storm swept into Japan's north, temporarily cutting power to two nuclear power plants.

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A man drives his car through floodwater triggered by Typhoon Talas at Higashiyama on September 3, 2011 in Himeji, Japan. (Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)

Japanese officials today said a massive storm with 89-mile-per-hour winds hit the country on Tuesday, killing four people, wounding hundreds, grounding flights, and temporarily cutting power at two nuclear plants, according to The Associated Press.

Japan's meteorological agency said the typhoon-strength storm has since left Japan's main island of Honshu but warned that strong winds will continue to affect the country's north, said AP.

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Officials said two people died in separate warehouse collapses in the country's north and south, while two additional deaths -- a woman crushed by a tree and a man who fell off a roof -- were reported overnight, according to AP

The storm also cut power to two nuclear power plants in the country's north for about 30 minutes but did not raise safety concerns, the plant operator told AP

The severe weather grounded more than 500 flights and stalled train traffic, said AP. Most trains resumed operation today. 

Tohoku Electric Power Company is currently trying to restore electricity to 216,000 homes, according to Bloomberg

The storm did not touch Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant, said AP

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