People crowd at the departure lobby at Haneda Airport in Tokyo on August 22, 2016. / AFP / JIJI PRESS / STR
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A powerful typhoon struck near Tokyo Monday, the first for 11 years to hit the densely populated region, temporarily shutting down Japan's biggest airport and grounding more than 500 flights nationwide.Typhoon Mindulle made landfall at about 12:30 pm (0330 GMT) in Tateyama city, 80 kilometers (50 miles) southeast of Tokyo, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.As of 4:00 pm the storm -- packing gusts up to 162 kilometers per hour -- was northeast of Tokyo and moving north at 35 kilometers per hour, the agency said.Airlines across the country cancelled a total of 508 flights, mostly to and from Tokyo's Haneda airport, NHK said.
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