Typhoon Faxai, upgraded to a “powerful” storm with probably record winds and rain, battered the Tokyo area late Sunday, sparking evacuation warnings to tens of thousands and transport disruption.
Faxai, bracing winds of as much as 216 kilometers per hour, was bearing down on the Japanese capital and was expected to go proper over the megacity in the early hours of Monday.
Authorities issued non-compulsory evacuation warnings to more than 110,000 people, as forecasters warned the rain and wind could attain “record” proportions.
Faxai was likely to cause devastation with the Monday morning commute in Tokyo with train operators forced to suspend dominant strains till at least 8 am.
The storm already caused some journey disruption on its strategy with some 100 bullet trains connecting Tokyo with central and western Japanese cities battled on Sunday, together with ferries services in Tokyo bay.
Airlines have already canceled greater than 100 flights scheduled on Monday whereas some coastal highways had been locked west of the capital in Kanagawa due to the storm, based on local media.
There were no immediate studies of accidents or severe damage, but eight patients had been rescued amid high waves off Shizuoka in central Japan after they had been swept out to sea, local officials said.
Some malls and amusement parks, together with Tokyo Disneyland, closed earlier than scheduled due to the approaching storm.
Faxai was churning near Izuoshima island, south of Tokyo within the Pacific, at 10:00 pm on Sunday (1300 GMT), traveling north at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour and already producing excessive waves.
Typhoon Faxai comes simply as teams begin arriving for the Rugby World Cup, which kicks off on September 20.