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Tropical Hurricane Faxai is approaching Japan's capital

2019-09-08T16:23:04.534Z

Tropical Hurricane Faxai is approaching Japan and the capital Tokyo. Heavy winds of 60 meters per second and rain are expected to hit the Tokyo area during Sunday evening Swedish time, and according to data, it can reach up to 300 millimeters of rain in the next 24 hours.


During Saturday, Faxai moved in a northwesterly direction across the Pacific towards eastern Japan. According to the country's meteorological authority, the tropical hurricane may reach the Kanto region, where the capital Tokyo is located, sometime between Sunday night and night until Monday local time, writes The Japan Times.

The weather is 15th in the year and according to Japan's meteorological authority, it can get up to 300 millimeters of rain in the next 24 hours.

Around 50 departures by express train between the capital Tokyo and Osaka have been canceled. A dozen flights to and from Tokyo's two airports Narita and Haneda have also been canceled, and Japan Airlines warns of several canceled flights and delays.

According to local media, a number of coastal roads southwest of Tokyo have been shut down.

"Small but intense"

SVT meteorologist Pia Hultgren describes Faxai as "a fairly small but intense" tropical hurricane.

- Faxai is currently category 3 with wind speeds of 45 meters per second. The weather is quite small in horizontal spread, just over 15 miles, so there is some uncertainty about whether the tropical hurricane hits Tokyo or not, says Pia Hultgren.

Compared to previous storms during this year's hurricane season, Faxai is not of the worst caliber, but is still powerful enough that there is a risk of flooding and electrical disturbances and be a danger to people's lives.

Source: svt

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