A powerful typhoon buffeted Tokyo with strong winds and rain on Wednesday, halting trains and stranding tens of thousands of commuters as it barrelled toward the tsunami-ravaged northeastern coast with its crippled nuclear plant. The storm, packing sustained winds of up to 90 mph (144 kph), made landfall in the afternoon near the city of Hamamatsu, about 125 miles (200 kilometres) west of Tokyo. Police and local media reported that 6 people were dead or missing after being swept away by rivers swollen with rains from Typhoon Roke. Meanwhile, nearly 260-thousand households in central Japan were without electricity, and authorities called for more than a million people to be evacuated in central and eastern Japan. Heavy rains caused floods and road damage in dozens of locations in Nagoya and several other cities. The centre of the storm passed just north of Tokyo on Wednesday evening and was expected to head towards the northeastern region of Tohoku devastated by the 11 March tsunami and earthquake.
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