Over 900,000 homes without power as Typhoon Faxai hits Japan


In Chiba it brought down power lines, and it left 17,000 passengers stranded at Narita airport outside the capital after trains running to and from the transport hub were suspended. They also passed out sleeping bags to some who made a decision to spend the night, following a day in which most trains were not running and buses were scarce even after service resumed.

The airport's operator, Narita International Airport Corp, distributed water, crackers and sleeping bags, and installed electrical equipment for the tired to charge their cellphones as they waited for the first train of the morning.

The typhoon also caused a tall fence surrounding a golf driving range to collapse and land on residences in Ichihara, also in Chiba, leaving a woman in her 20s with serious injuries.

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. had hoped to cut the number of households without electricity from 500,000 on Tuesday to 120,000 by Wednesday morning, and to get power to all by the end of the day, but it said thunderstorms have foiled its plan.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the typhoon reached the Pacific by late morning exiting Japan northeast of Tokyo with winds still blowing at 143 kilometers (89 miles) per hour with gusts up to 198 kph (123 mph).

And at least 138 domestic flights were cancelled, with the weather even delaying the arrival of the Australian rugby team due to arrive in Tokyo Monday ahead of the World Cup that kicks off on September 20.

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"I was prepared to wait".

'I am unable to go to work now, and I additionally needed to contact my clients, ' stated Tsubasa Kikuchi, a 23 year-old actual property employee, who had been ready at Shimbashi station for greater than two hours.

Faxai left as quickly as it came heading out to sea by midmorning.

As the season's 15th typhoon passed through the region, warm air from the south accompanying the typhoon pushed up temperatures across the Japanese archipelago, it said. It packed the fifth-strongest winds of any typhoon to hit the country, the Yonhap agency said.

Firefighters are battling a blaze which broke out at a floating solar power plant in Tokyo's neighboring prefecture of Chiba, local media reported Monday.

The typhoon is set to track through the Tokyo region during the early hours of Monday and authorities have issued non-compulsory evacuation warnings to over 110,000 people.