Pow­er­ful Ty­phoon Faxai Wreaks Havoc on Tokyo Trans­porta­tion Sys­tem

Fiji Sun - - Asia News -

Apow­er­ful ty­phoon wreaked havoc with Tokyo’s trans­porta­tion sys­tem, caus­ing sig­nif­i­cant travel dis­rup­tions in the metropoli­tan area Mon­day morn­ing, af­fect­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of com­muters at the start of the week. Ty­phoon Faxai made land­fall be­fore 5am (8am Fiji time) in Chiba, the Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Agency said, bring­ing strong winds and rain to the Kanto area.

East Ja­pan Rail­way Co. said that a large num­ber of train lines in the greater Tokyo area were sus­pended yes­ter­day, as the firm in­spected its tracks fol­low­ing the pas­sage of the pow­er­ful ty­phoon.

The weather agency warned that cen­tral and eastern Ja­pan, in­clud­ing Tokyo, could see record winds, forc­ing air­lines to cancel a num­ber of flights and some ma­jor roads to be closed.

Au­thor­i­ties is­sued non­com­pul­sory evac­u­a­tion warn­ings to more than 390,000 peo­ple, as fore­cast­ers cau­tioned the rain and wind could reach “record” pro­por­tions.

More than a dozen peo­ple were in­jured in the area of Tateyama, Chiba Pre­fec­ture, and an­other 10 in the city of Chiba, while two peo­ple were hurt in Kana­gawa Pre­fec­ture, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties said.

As of 6am (9am Fiji time), the season’s 15th ty­phoon was trav­el­ling north­east at 25 kilo­me­ters per hour near the city of Narita. It had an at­mo­spheric pres­sure of 960 hec­topas­cals at its cen­tre and was pack­ing winds of up to 216 kph, ac­cord­ing to the weather agency. The ty­phoon was ex­pected to pass through the Kanto re­gion and travel over the Pa­cific off north­east­ern Ja­pan.

The weather agency warned of mud­slides and flood­ing af­ter the heavy rain.

In Chiba and Kana­gawa pre­fec­tures, some 920,000 house­holds were tem­po­rar­ily out of power, ac­cord­ing to Tokyo Elec­tric Power Com­pany Hold­ings Inc.

A tree fell onto an over­head power line be­tween

Shi­na­gawa and Osaki sta­tions in Tokyo and an alarm at a rail­way cross­ing was also top­pled by wind on the Yoko­suka Line, ac­cord­ing to JR East.

Cen­tral Ja­pan Rail­way Co. started bul­let train ser­vices at around 7.40am (10.40am Fiji time) af­ter re­mov­ing de­bris be­tween Tokyo and Odawara sta­tions on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line. The com­pany had re­duced ser­vices be­tween Tokyo and Shin-Osaka and moved up the sched­ule for the end of op­er­a­tions the pre­vi­ous day.

Some other rail­way ser­vices and sub­way op­er­a­tions in the metropoli­tan area were also sus­pended due to the ty­phoon, while many flights de­part­ing from and ar­riv­ing at Tokyo’s Haneda Air­port have been can­celled since Sun­day evening.

Tele­vi­sion footage showed a huge roof col­laps­ing at a gaso­line sta­tion in Tateyama, south of Tokyo, with pumps crushed underneath. yes­ter­day’s morn­ing ser­vices on all of the eight lines it op­er­ates in eastern Kana­gawa and the south­west­ern part of Tokyo span­ning around 100 kilo­me­ters across 97 sta­tions.

Tokyo Metro Co., mean­while, said some ser­vices on the Tozai and Yu­raku­cho sub­way lines were sus­pended.

In the 24 hours through noon yes­ter­day, the ty­phoon was fore­cast to bring be­tween 200 and 300 mil­lime­ters of rain­fall to cen­tral and eastern Ja­pan.

Ty­phoon Faxai comes just as teams be­gin ar­riv­ing for the Rugby World Cup, which kicks off on Sep­tem­ber 20.

The French team man­aged to sneak in just ahead of the ty­phoon and reach their train­ing camp near Mount Fuji. How­ever, the Aus­tralian Wal­la­bies squad found their prepa­ra­tions dis­rupted as the ty­phoon de­layed their sched­uled ar­rival.

Ja­pan an­nounced evac­u­a­tion warn­ings af­fect­ing more than 1 mil­lion peo­ple and can­celled hun­dreds of flights as Ty­phoon Jebi, the strong­est storm to hit the na­tion in 25 years, bat­tered the coun­try’s west coast.

Rail op­er­a­tor Tokyu Corp. also said it sus­pended Com­muters wait out­side a train sta­tion in Yoko­hama on Mon­day morn­ing af­ter rail ser­vices were sus­pended due to Ty­phoon Faxai.

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