Haneda Airport one of the areas damaged by strong winds and torrential rain.

A powerful typhoon passed through Japan early this morning, travelling along the coast of Shizuoka and Kanagawa prefectures before making landfall in Tokyo’s neighbouring Chiba Prefecture just before 5:00 a.m.

As the typhoon approached the mainland, stores and amusement parks, including Tokyo Disneyland, closed earlier than usual, and rail services and flights in the area were suspended. Weather forecasters cautioned for people to stay indoors while authorities warned that Typhoon Faxai could bring record winds to the capital.

▼ The path of the typhoon as it passed through the Tokyo area.

When the typhoon arrived in the early hours of the morning, coastal areas around Shizuoka Prefecture’s Izu Peninsula were the first to sustain damage.

▼ The aftermath at Shimoda in Shizuoka Prefecture.

The port city of Yokohama, in Tokyo’s neighbouring Kanagawa Prefecture, was the next to be hit by strong winds and rain.

▼ Cars and containers were toppled in the storm.

Buildings in the area also sustained damage. This scene shows the effects of the typhoon along National Route 16, a highway belt around Tokyo that links the major capital cities of Chiba, Saitama and Yokohama.

Flooding affected areas in downtown Tokyo and the wider Tokyo Metropolis. This video shows the road outside Nishi-waseda Station in Shinjuku.

▼ This video shows the roads in Koto City.

Haneda International Airport was hit by torrential rain and 155 kilometre-an-hour (96 miles an hour) winds that damaged structures and caused flooding.

Roads in and around the area were blocked and closed to traffic, stranding many commuters at the terminal overnight.

Chiba Prefecture, where the typhoon made landfall, was the hardest hit, with a number of buildings sustaining damage.

▼ A damaged roof at Higashi-Chiba Station.

▼ The sea wall at a popular fishing spot in Chiba.

▼ Trees were uprooted…

▼ Vending machines toppled over…

▼ And rooftops blew away in the fierce winds.

▼ The windows shattered on the third floor of this five-storey apartment.

▼ Walls collapsed and balconies were blown off the sides of houses.

▼ Debris on roads around the Aeon shopping mall at Narita, near Narita International Airport in Chiba Prefecture.

According to Tokyo Electric Power Company, which services the Kanto region, along with Yamanashi Prefecture and the eastern portion of Shizuoka Prefecture, damage to power lines, like these ones at Chiba, caused power outages at approximately 930,000 households.

Train services in and around Tokyo were suspended from roughly 10:00 p.m. last night. While the Tokaido Shinkansen service began running at 7:40 a.m. after a slight delay, most of the city’s rail lines, including the Yamanote loop line, were scheduled to restart at 8:00 a.m.

However, after inspecting the rail lines and removing fallen trees and branches, the 8:00 a.m. start time was pushed back to 10:00 a.m., with most services resuming from 10:15 a.m.

According to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency, five people across Shizuoka and Kanagawa Prefectures sustained minor injuries as a result of the typhoon. While Typhoon Faxai has now passed through the Kanto region and out to the Pacific Ocean, news reports warn residents to remain vigilant as rain is expected to continue through Tuesday, with seven-metre (23-foot) high waves off the coast of Kanto and the Izu Peninsula.

Source: Tenki Japan, Jiji Press
Featured image: Pakutaso
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