Fierce Typhoon Jelawat heads out to sea after hitting mainland Japan (VIDEO)


People cross a road a they try to hold on to their umbrellas under heavy winds and rain brought on by Typhoon Jelawat in front of a railway station in Tokyo on September 30, 2012.



Typhoon Jelawat slammed into mainland Japan's western coast late Sunday after wreaking havoc on the southern islands of Okinawa, where it left one person dead.

Another 145 people were injured in the storm, with most of the injuries minor, the Associated Press said.

Kyodo News reported that a 29-year-old Okinawa man died after being washed away by high tides while he was fishing.

The powerful typhoon traveled northeastward up the main island of Honshu, weakening Monday before starting to head out to sea, Kyodo said. It sparked the evacuation of tens of thousands due to fear of flooding cased by rising river levels, AFP reported, citing Japan's Jiji Press.

Typhoon Jelawat also caused gale-strength winds in Tokyo, the AP said.

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Jelawat is this season's 17th typhoon in Japan. It brought torrential rainfall and monster waves to the country, while packing winds of up to 110 miles per hour, AFP said.

A NASA advisory said it was comparable to a Category 3 hurricane.

Kyodo said that more than 500 flights were canceled Sunday, as well as some shinkansen bullet train services.

"The winds are screaming through the streets," storm chaser James Reynolds told CNN from Okinawa before the typhoon strike. "I've seen at least one window blow out."

Amateur video showed the typhoon winds picking up and flipping a car. 

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