TOKYO – A powerful typhoon swept through Tokyo and the nearby coast early Monday, forcing airlines to cancel more than 100 flights.
Typhoon Faxai was the strongest storm that has hit the Japanese capital for years, with more than 30 casualties across the region.
More than 900,000 people were out of power in two areas around Tokyo After Tokyo Electric Power Co., the East Japanese Railways canceled commuter trains to the capital, and some Shinkansen high-speed trains were also broken.
Traffic was confused, schools were closed and 5,000 people were told to clear their homes, many of them in the tourist town of Kamakura south of Tokyo for fear of landslides.
Many flights from Haneda Airport in Tokyo were canceled on Sunday evening. Members of the Australian rugby team, who wanted to fly to the Rugby World Cup later this month, were forced to postpone their travel plans. Scaffolding in front of a multi-storey car park at Haneda Airport collapsed.
Shortly before sunrise, Faxai landed in the city of Chiba, east of Tokyo. The storm brought 17 inches of rain to the city of Izu in Shizuoka Prefecture in 24 hours until early Monday, with more than four inches falling in one hour.
By late Monday morning, the sky had cleared and brought heat and moisture. It has been forecast that Tokyo temperatures will reach 93-95 Fahrenheit.
Typhoons – known as hurricanes in the Western Hemisphere – regularly form over the Pacific Ocean in late summer and fall and pose a threat to East Asian population centers.
A A separate typhoon struck the Korean peninsula over the weekend, killing a local Media reports three people in South Korea and five in North Korea. According to official reports, Typhoon Lingling left behind 13 injured and more than 160,000 people without electricity on Saturday in South Korea.
The storm hit North Korea, where 460 houses and 15 public buildings were destroyed or damaged and large amounts of farmland were buried or flooded, the official Korean news agency reported.