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3 typhoons slam Hokkaido in a year for first time on record

A flooded home near an overflown river is seen in the town of Hidaka, Hokkaido, on Aug. 23, 2016. (Mainichi)

SAPPORO -- Three typhoons this year have made landfall on Hokkaido, the first time it has been hit by three typhoons in a year since records began being kept in 1951, according to the Sapporo Regional Headquarters of the Japan Meteorological Agency.

At around 6 a.m. on Aug. 23, Typhoon Mindulle made landfall on Hokkaido, near the town of Shinhidaka in the Hidaka region. This followed the Aug. 17 arrival of Typhoon Chanthu and the Aug. 21 arrival of Typhoon Kompasu.

The Sapporo Regional Headquarters called for severe caution against mudslides and raised water levels in rivers. Mindulle headed into the Sea of Okhotsk later on Aug. 23, where it was downgraded to an extratropical cyclone. Over the hour up to 4:30 a.m. on Aug. 23, the southern part of the town of Hidaka had around 60 millimeters of rainfall.

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