Powerful typhoon makes landfall in Japan, snarling traffic in Tokyo

11 Septembre, 2019, 05:18 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Typhoon Faxai battered Tokyo with ferocious winds and driving rain

Hundreds of thousands of people in the greater Tokyo area have been advised to evacuate as forecasters warned the rain and wind could break records.

Some damage was also reported on rails, including a tree fall on a line from Tokyo to the southern suburbs towards Yokohama. Kyodo reported more than 17 inches of rain had fallen in the city of Izu in Shizuoka in the past 24 hours.

The typhoon disrupted other major train services in the metropolitan area as well, affecting almost 3 million commuters in total.

Many vessels were adrift in Tokyo Bay due to strong winds and high waves, leading to collisions involving cargo ships.

Some global flights of Japan Airlines Co from Guam and Manila were diverted to Tokyo's Haneda airport due to congestion at Narita.

A woman in her 20s was seriously injured and had to be rescued from her house after it was partly crushed when a metal pole from a golf driving range fell on it.

Strong typhoon Krosa lashed western Japan in mid-August, bringing strong winds and torrential rain that claimed one life.

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In Tokyo, here and there, bits of shop signs, pieces of roofs or verandas torn off as well as trees, shredded umbrellas or rubbish littered the streets.

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.

Approximately a few typhoons make landfall in Japan annually. Footage from a nearby security camera showed that she had been smashed against a building by strong winds, NHK reported. Evacuation advisories have been issued for about 390,000 people in parts of Kanagawa, Shizuoka and Tokyo prefectures.

The storm also caused delays and stoppages on subway lines, leading to massive crowds at some stations in the busy metropolitan area that is home to 36 million people.

Authorities are now warning the public about the dangers of heatstroke.

Train lines were also down, with the entire Keikyu rail line suspended, which led to havoc during commuter hours in the Tokyo area. It took hours to different paths to restart, packaging channels with impatient commuters fanning themselves in the humid atmosphere.

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