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09 Sep 2019 | 05:10 AM UTC

Japan: One fatality following passage of Typhoon Faxai near Tokyo September 9 /update 3

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At least one dead, 29 injured following passage of Typhoon Faxai near Tokyo September 9; heavy rain, wind, storm surge, and transportation disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/8/2019, 12:00 AM until 9/10/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Tokyo). COUNTRY/REGION Tokyo, Shizuoka

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Event

Typhoon Faxai made landfall in Chiba, near Tokyo, early (local time) on Monday, September 9, causing one fatality and a further 36 injuries. The East Japan Railway Company resumed operations in the greater Tokyo area as of 10:00 on Monday, although station authorities are reportedly restricting entry due to overcrowding. The Central Japan Railway Company has resumed operations on the Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train. Some rail services in the Kanto region remain suspended since the evening of Sunday, September 8. At least 100 domestic and international flight cancellations, as well as severe delays, have also been reported at Narita International Airport (NRT) and Haneda Airport (HND). Tokyo Electric Power Company said that more than 900,000 households are being affected by power outages as of 09:00 on Monday. Authorities issued evacuation advisories for more than 100,000 people in parts of the Kanagawa, Shizuoka prefectures and Tokyo metropolitan areas on Sunday. An additional 2.4 million people in Kanagawa, Shizuoka prefectures and neighboring areas were being advised to prepare for possible evacuations. Local authorities have ordered schools to close on Monday.

As of 12:50 on Monday, Typhoon Faxai is located at 36.6°N 141.4°E (map here) and is moving northeast at 30 kph (19 mph). The storm is expected to continue to bring heavy rain, wind gusts of up to 180 kph (112 mph), and storm surge in the coming hours. 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 hours and days.

Advice

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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