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Japan's weather agency on Saturday issued its highest alert as Typhoon Halong barrelled towards the southwest of the country, warning of heavy rain and strong winds from a storm that has grounded more than 470 flights. 

An electronic board displays information on cancelled flights due to Typhoon Halong at Tokyo's Haneda airport on August 9, 2014

The warning means that the storm poses a threat to life and could inflict massive damage, the meteorological agency said.

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