Typhoon Faxai batters Japan: Power cut, over 100 flights cancelled

Clay Curtis
September 11, 2019

The storm had led out to sea from midmorning, but police warned that heavy rains were anticipated to last for a while, such as in Fukushima, the website of the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

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About 100 high-speed trains linking Tokyo to cities in central and western Japan were also cancelled, but service resumed on Monday morning shortly before 8 a.m.

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Authorities said more than 2,000 people had taken refuge in shelters opened to accommodate those complying with the evacuation advisories.

"They let planes land ... and thousands of passengers were disgorged into an airport that was cut off - no buses, no JR trains".

"The typhoon brought record-breaking winds to Chiba City, where winds gusted to over 200 kilometers per hour [124 mph]", Japan's NHK News reports.

Tokyo is now busy putting the pieces back together.

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A women in her 50s was killed and 40 others injured in Japan's capital Tokyo, Kyodo News reported.

As images from the city of Ichihara in Chiba prefecture show, the typhoon also knocked down green safety netting at a golf driving range, sending an entire side of the assembly - support poles and all - crashing onto neighboring homes.

"There was a massive grinding sound; I could not figure out exactly what it was. Then I looked out the window", a neighbour told NHK. By Monday night local time, that number had dropped to about 700,000.

"We are working closely with the teams concerned to minimise any impact from these delays", he said.

Nissan said it halted operations at its Oppama and Yokohama factories due to flooding, while Sony said its plant making PlayStation 4 gaming consoles were closed due to power outage.

But it's rare for a storm to hit so close to the Tokyo area home to around 36 million people. Major subway stations in Tokyo were crammed full of commuters on Monday morning, all stuck waiting for bullet trains and subway services that had shut down.

Metal signs were torn from buildings, trucks overturned, the metal roof of a petrol station torn off and glass display cases destroyed, scattering sidewalks with broken glass.

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