(Japan) -- Wide swathes of northern and central Japan were thrown into chaos on Thursday (December 16) after strong winds whipped up by a low pressure weather system disrupted trains, air and ferry transportation.
So far no-one has been injured but japanese media report some rooftops were blown off and power lines cut with some homes experiencing blackouts. Many railway, ferry and airlines services were cancelled because of the storm.
With wind gusts gathering speeds of over 36.2 metres per second (130 kilometres per hour / 81 miles per hour), the Japanese Meteorological Agency has warned that snowfall in the mountainous regions may result in blizzard conditions later in the day.
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