Typhoon Faxai

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Published Sunday, September 8, 2019

A strong typhoon that could bring record winds and rain was poised to make a direct hit on Tokyo late Sunday, as authorities warned of high waves, landslides, and flooding.

As of 9 p.m., Faxai had become a “very powerful” typhoon, the agency said, adding it was about 70 km south-southwest of Oshima Island, located in the Pacific about 100 km from central Tokyo, and was traveling at 20 kph.

The weather agency warned of mudslides and flooding after heavy rain, as well as high waves, in the country’s central and eastern regions.

“Please be on full alert against gusts and high waves and be vigilant about landslides, floods, and swollen rivers,” the agency said in a statement.

Agency official Naoji Nakamura told reporters that the typhoon could bring “record” winds and rains.

Eight surfers were rescued from high waves off Shizuoka Prefecture on Sunday after they were swept out to sea, officials said.

“Two helicopters were dispatched while special rescuers rushed out to sea,” a fire department spokesman said.

“We sent two of them to hospital but no one was in danger of dying,” he added.

The storm was already affecting transport in the region as operators canceled some bullet train services and ferries.

East Japan Railway Co. said all lines in the Tokyo metropolitan area will be suspended Monday morning until around 8 a.m. as it will need to inspect tracks following the passage of the typhoon.

But JR East also said it may resume train services before 8 a.m. if it can confirm the safety of the lines in the wider Tokyo area, including Kanagawa and Saitama prefectures.

Central Japan Railway Co. reduced bullet train services on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka after 3 p.m. and moved up the schedule for the end of operations on Sunday.

Ferry services in Tokyo Bay have been temporarily stopped.

Tokyu Corp. said it could suspend Monday morning services on all the lines it operates in eastern Kanagawa and the southwestern part of Tokyo. A total of 97 stations along about 100 km (60 miles) of Tokyu’s eight train lines could be affected.

Tokyo Metro Co. said some services on the Tozai and Yurakucho subway lines will be suspended in the morning.

Japan Airlines Co. and All Nippon Airways Co. canceled many domestic flights departing from and arriving at Tokyo’s Haneda airport.

Some domestic flights departing from Haneda on Monday morning are also expected to be canceled.

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

Central Japan Railway Co. reduced bullet train services on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka after 3 p.m. and moved up the schedule for the end of operations on Sunday.

Japan Airlines Co. and All Nippon Airways Co. canceled many domestic flights departing from and arriving at Tokyo's Haneda airport.

Some domestic flights departing from Haneda on Monday morning are also expected to be canceled.
Source: DORRIS

Typhoon Faxai Facts

Power: 4
Affected Area: 200 km.
Alert Level: Red
Category: Storm
Response: Shelter
Severity: Extreme
Urgency: Immediate
Certainty: Observed

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