One dead after powerful typhoon hits Tokyo

Cheryl Sanders
September 10, 2019

Record maximum wind gusts from the typhoon were recorded in some locations, including 207 kph in Chiba's Chuo Ward, 176.4 kph in Kisarazu in Chiba Prefecture, 155.52 kph in Tokyo's Ota Ward, and 150.12 kph in Miura, Kanagawa Prefecture.

National broadcaster NHK warned that high-speed winds could fell power lines and damage homes, while heavy rains could trigger flooding and landslides.

More than 100 flights were cancelled and scores of train lines were closed, snarling the morning commute for millions in a greater Tokyo area that has a population of some 36 million, as authorities warned it was risky to venture outside.

A powerful typhoon in Japan has left more than 100 flights canceled, thousands of travelers stranded at the airport, and almost 1 million households without power. Kyodo reported more than 440 millimeters (17 inches) of rain had fallen in the city of Izu in Shizuoka prefecture in the past 24 hours.

Around 920,000 households were without power as of 6:00 a.m. local time (2100 GMT Sunday), according to Tokyo Electric Power Company.

A tree is uprooted due to strong winds in Tokyo.

At least three people are dead and dozens are injured after a powerful typhoon swept Tokyo in the early hours of Monday morning.

One of the strongest typhoons to hit eastern Japan in recent years struck just east of the capital Tokyo on Monday, killing one woman, with record-breaking winds and stinging rain damaging buildings and disrupting transport.

The chaos came as Japan is preparing to host the Rugby World Cup later this month and with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics just around the corner. Streets normally busy with commuters walking or bicycling to the train station were deserted. The typhoon caused power cuts and major disruptions to the nation's transport sector, inconveniencing thousands of early morning commuters.

The typhoon is now forecast to move northeast away from Japan and into the open Pacific over the next day, with maximum wind speeds expected to weaken to 26 miles per hour by Tuesday, according to JMA.

Japan is well used to severe tropical storms and typhoons during late summer and autumn.

But following close on the heels of the storm forecasters say temperatures are due to soar.

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