TOKYO, July 20 (UPI) -- Typhoon Ma-on struck Japan's southern Shikoku Island early Wednesday, injuring at least 47 people and leaving one person missing, authorities said.
The typhoon, which has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, brought torrential rain and strong winds and disrupted public transportation in 15 prefectures where the injuries were reported, Kyodo News reported.
It was the first typhoon landfall in Japan this year, meteorologists said.
The storm was moving north-northeast with top sustained winds of 65 mph, raising concerns about its impact in the northeast region, which is recovering from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami devastation.
At the quake-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, workers put up a roof-like cover to protect the site from rain and wind.