Japan issues highest alert over Typhoon Halong

August 9, 2014 11:37 AM

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TOKYO: Japan's weather agency on Saturday issued its highest alert as Typhoon Halong barrelled towards the southwest of the country, warning of heavy rain and strong winds from a storm that has grounded more than 470 flights.

The warning means that the storm poses a threat to life and could inflict massive damage, the meteorological agency said.

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