- One Tokyo woman in her 50s lost her life after she was blown off her feet by the strong wind and into a wall.
- Authorities issued voluntary evacuation warnings to more than 390,000 people, as forecasters cautioned the rain and wind could reach “record” proportions.
- Typhoons and tropical storms are very common in Japan.
At least three people are dead and dozens are injured after a powerful typhoon swept Tokyo in the early hours of Monday morning. The typhoon caused power cuts and major disruptions to the nation’s transport sector, inconveniencing thousands of early morning commuters.
According to police, one Tokyo woman in her 50s lost her life after she was blown off her feet by the strong wind and into a wall. A security surveillance camera captured the unfortunate incident. Elsewhere, an 87-year-old man lost his life in the town of Otaki after he was struck by a tree while trying to clear debris. More than 30 people were injured in the area, with one of them sustaining serious injuries after the collapse of a golf training facility that fell on the roof of his home.
Accompanied by wind gusts of over 200 km/h, Typhoon Faxai landed in the night along the Chiba region, southeast of the capital, after crossing the bay of Tokyo. Initially, the local weather agency had warned of strong winds in eastern as well as central Japan, including the capital Tokyo. As a result, many airlines canceled a number of flights. That, in addition to the closure of major roads, disrupted transportation in the country to a large level.
Authorities issued voluntary evacuation warnings to more than 390,000 people, as forecasters cautioned the rain and wind could reach “record” proportions. On Monday, several schools in the capital city remained closed because of wind-related hazards, which are expected to remain high even after the typhoon has passed, leading to falling objects. In the aftermath of the storm, Tokyo city streets were littered with bits of shop signs, pieces of roofs or verandas torn off, as well as trees, shredded umbrellas and rubbish in general.
The typhoon also damaged rail lines, including a tree fall on a line linking Tokyo to the southern suburbs, towards Yokohama.
Until mid-day Monday, rail transport was in significant disruption. The lines usually used by millions of Japanese to get to work were completely halted.
One hundred high-speed trains connecting Tokyo to cities in central and western Japan were also canceled. Factories, including Nissan and Sony, were forced to stop production on Monday because of floods and power cuts.
Risk of landslides
The weather agency warned of possible subsequent landslides in the northern Chiba and Fukushima regions. Typhoons and tropical storms are very common in Japan. They are often stronger in late summer and early autumn, especially in the southwest. In mid-August, the mighty tropical cyclone Krosa hit the west, with strong winds and torrential rains that killed one person. In late August, violent floods killed three people in the southwest.