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2 dead as Typhoon Melor lashes Japan

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  • Typhoon Melor roars into central Japan leaving two people dead
  • Storm avoided Tokyo but caused major disruption to transport networks
  • Storm's victims were killed by falling trees
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TOKYO, Japan (CNN) -- Typhoon Melor roared into central Japan on Thursday, leaving two people dead and lashing the region with heavy rain and gusty winds.

Utility poles lie buckled in the wake of Typhoon Melor.

Utility poles lie buckled in the wake of Typhoon Melor.

The storm stayed west of Tokyo, but still caused enough trouble to shut down trains for a time and snarl commuter traffic. Numerous flights were canceled and delayed at the city's two major airports.

In western and northern Japan, Melor tore roofs off homes, downed power lines and flooded roads.

The storm contributed to the deaths of a 54-year-old newspaper delivery man in Wakayama, who ran into a fallen tree, and a 69-year-old man from Saitama, who was crushed by a tree.

By late Thursday, Melor had weakened to a tropical storm and was heading out to sea.

-- CNN's Kyung Lah contributed to this report.

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