Typhoon Faxai batters Japan: Power cut, over 100 flights cancelled


And at least 138 domestic flights were cancelled, with the weather even delaying the arrival of the Australian rugby team due to arrive in Tokyo Monday ahead of the World Cup that kicks off on September 20. Kyodo reported greater than 17 inches of rain had fallen within the metropolis of Izu in Shizuoka previously 24 hours.

The climate company warned of mudslides and flooding after the heavy rain.

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Faxai made landfall near the city of Chiba early Monday, becoming one of the strongest recorded typhoons to hit the Kanto region.

Thousands of people were stranded at the airport Monday evening, with officials preparing to distribute blankets and food.

Following an hour-long wait before disembarking from their British Airways plane due to the shortage of buses, they were then told that their transfer into Tokyo was unable to reach the airport because of congestion. "The only connection was a private train running every half hour half way to Tokyo".

Some districts in the capital chose to close schools on Monday due to the dangers of wind, which is expected to remain strong even after the typhoon has passed, resulting in the risk of objects falling.

Winds were sometimes strong enough to shake road signs and buildings at the neighboring town of Ichikawa early on Monday morning, while acid rain dropped. One woman was seriously injured.

"There was a huge grinding noise, I couldn't figure out what it was".

Some small landslides happened, and a bridge has been washed off, while as many as 930,000 homes lost electricity at the same stage, NHK said, including the whole town of Kamogawa. By Monday night local time, that number had dropped to about 700,000.

Some concrete electric poles were snapped off at their bases, while electricity towers in Chiba were toppled over.

Faxai is also being linked to a fire at Japan's largest floating solar power plant, which sits on the waters of the Yamakura Dam in Chiba prefecture.

"We are working closely with the teams concerned to minimise any impact from these delays", he said.

The storm killed two people, though it caused relatively little damage in Tokyo beyond disrupting the morning commute.

Streets normally busy with commuters walking or cycling to train stations were deserted.