Created: 10/16/2013 1:43 AM WHEC.com
A powerful typhoon has lashed Japan, leaving at least seven people dead on a Pacific island south of Tokyo as it cut across the capital region and headed north.
Typhoon Wipha, packing winds of up to 110 miles per hour just off Japan's northern coast, also paralyzed public transportation during rush hour Wednesday (local time) and grounded hundreds of flights across Japan. Dozens of schools were closed in the Tokyo area.
Izu Oshima island, about 75 miles south of Tokyo, was the hardest hit. Town officials said at least 13 people are dead, most of them buried by mudslides. Officials say dozens of homes were destroyed, and more than 40 people are missing.
More heavy rain and wind are forecast in northern Japan through Wednesday.