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 Monday (Sep 9), sparking evacuation warnings to ...

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

Nearly 290,000 households lost power in the region, while at least 10 houses were damaged in Shizuoka with windows shattered and cars flipped onto their sides, according to local media. "We need to inspect tracks and check if there is any damage as the typhoon is expected to pass through the region overnight," a train company spokesman told AFP.

Airlines cancelled more than 100 flights scheduled on Monday while some coastal highways were closed west of the capital in Kanagawa due to the storm, according to local media. Faxai, travelling north at a speed of 25kph, 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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