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Snowstorm Grounds 130 Flights, Leaves 4,000 Japanese Houses Without Power

© Flickr / Takeshi KubokiKinkakuji temple in snow, Japan
Kinkakuji temple in snow, Japan - Sputnik International
The Japan's meteorological agency reported Tuesday that the Japanese island of Hokkaido has been severed hit by snowstorm that left 4,000 households without power and grounded over 130 flights.

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TOKYO (Sputnik) – A powerful snowstorm that hit the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido grounded over 130 flights and led to power outages in approximately 4,000 households on Tuesday.

The country’s meteorological agency recorded up to 20 inches of precipitation over the past 24 hours, with over 15 inches of snow expected by early Wednesday.

A snow cyclone is accompanied by winds reaching the speed of up to 115 feet per second.

Wave heights on the island’s shore exceeded 25 feet.

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