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08 Sep 2019 | 08:08 AM UTC

Japan: Transportation disruptions ahead of Typhoon Faxai September 8-9 /update 1

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Transportation disruptions ahead of Typhoon Faxai from September 8-9; heavy rain, wind, delays and cancelations expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/8/2019, 12:00 AM until 9/9/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Tokyo). COUNTRY/REGION Shizuoka, Tokyo

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Japan Airlines has canceled at least 23 flights to and from Tokyo's Narita International Airport (NRT) and Haneda Airport (HND) as of 11:00 (local time) on Sunday, September 8, in anticipation of Typhoon Faxai's landfall in the Kanto region at approximately 20:00 on Sunday. Peach Aviation also reportedly canceled at least three domestic flights, and six international flights to and from NRT and HND. The operator of Shinkansen bullet trains between Tokyo and Osaka announced that 50 trains will be suspended after 18:00 on Sunday, and has advised travelers to expect delays and schedule changes. Other railway operators are expected to suspend some services in the Kanto region from Sunday evening, according to local media outlets. 

As of 16:45 (local time) on Sunday, Typhoon Faxai is located at 32.2°N 139.0°E (map here) and is moving north-northwest at 30 kph (15 mph). The storm is expected to make landfall near Shizuoka prefecture, bringing heavy rain, maximum winds speeds of 144 kph (89 mph), and storm surge. The Japanese Meteorological Agency has warned of associated landslides and flooding. Further transportation disruptions (including delays and cancelations to flights, train, and ferry services), and power outages are expected in the affected areas in the coming days.


Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, confirm flight reservations, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate power outages and transportation and business disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult - and never drive through flooded streets; floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products.


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