Powerful typhoon Faxai in direct hit on Tokyo

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TOKYO: A powerful typhoon with potentially record winds and rain battered the Tokyo region early on Monday (Sep 9), sparking evacuation warnings ...

TOKYO: A powerful typhoon with potentially record winds and rain battered the Tokyo region early on Monday , sparking evacuation warnings to tens of thousands, widespread blackouts and transport disruption.

"Please be on full alert against gusts and high waves and be vigilant about landslides, floods and swollen rivers," the Japan Metereological Agency said in a statement. The typhoon already caused some travel disruption on its approach. About 100 bullet trains connecting Tokyo with central and western Japanese cities were scrapped on Sunday, along with ferry services in Tokyo bay.

Faxai, travelling north at a speed of 25 kilometres per hour, was expected to hit northeastern Japan before fizzling out back to the Pacific.Strong typhoon Krosa lashed western Japan in mid-August, bringing strong winds and torrential rain that claimed one life.Typhoon Faxai comes just as teams begin arriving for the Rugby World Cup, which kicks off on Sep 20.

 

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