Massive typhoon aimed at atill-radioactive Fukushima nuclear site
At least three people in Japan have been killed as Typhoon Wipha, described by forecasters as "the strongest in 10 years", passed close to Tokyo.
Around 30 people were unaccounted for on Izu Oshima Island, which lies in the Pacific 120 kilometres south of central Tokyo, after five houses were destroyed or swept away by a series of landslides and floods according to the national broadcaster NHK.
The storm, which has not made landfall, is tracking along Japan's east coast on a path which will take it towards the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.
The operator of the plant says it has released some rain water that was trapped inside its barrages, but the radiation reading was within safety limits.
Tokyo and surrounding areas were hit by violent winds and heavy rains in the early hours of this morning, as Wipha moved north east off the coast of central Japan.