A powerful typhoon, accompanied by record winds and rains, struck the Tokyo area Sunday night, resulting in massive evacuation instructions, power cuts, some material damage and transport disruptions.
Rain & wind from # Typhoon # Faxai in the Sumida ward of #Tokyo.
Sheltered away in the city of strong winds pic.twitter.com/YGZKbslF8l
Accompanied by wind gusts of up to 216 km / h, Typhoon Faxai landed at night along the Chiba region, southeast of the capital, after crossing Tokyo Bay. The authorities still maintained Monday at 8am evacuation recommendations, not mandatory, for nearly 340,000 people. More than 2,000 people also followed stronger (non-mandatory) directions to shelter.
900,000 people without power
According to the Kyodo News Agency, more than thirty people were injured, including a woman who was seriously injured after falling on a pylon house at a golf training center. Districts in the capital have decided to keep the schools closed on Monday because of wind-related hazards, which should remain strong even after the typhoon has passed, leading to the risk of falling objects. Monday morning, some 900,000 customers were powerless in the scope served by the company Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO), mainly in the prefecture of Chiba, bordering that of Tokyo.
Television footage showed the huge roof of a collapsing gas station in Tateyama, south of Tokyo. Aerial views of Yokohama Bay taken by the NHK public channel showed containers scattered on the docks. Some damage has also been observed on railway tracks. "Be alert to gusts and strong waves, beware of landslides, floods and flooded rivers," the Japanese Meteorological Agency said in a statement.
All flights canceled at Tokyo Haneda Airport Typhoon Faxai approaches eastern Japan. https://t.co/V7VjZNA7gCpic.twitter.com/q8CRoGrPg2- Breaking Aviation News (@breakingavnews) September 8, 2019
Some metro lines have suffered delays or interruptions of traffic, causing massive congestion in some stations of this megalopolis of 36 million inhabitants. Several hundred flights have also been canceled, affecting thousands of passengers. Some coastal highways have been closed west of the capital, Kanagawa. Japan is used to typhoons and tropical storms during late summer and autumn.
In mid-August, the mighty tropical cyclone Krosa hit the western part of the country, with strong winds and torrential rains that killed one person. At the end of August, violent floods killed three people in the south-west of the country.