Powerful typhoon makes landfall in Japan, snarling traffic in Tokyo

Powerful typhoon makes landfall in Japan, snarling traffic in Tokyo

Powerful typhoon makes landfall in Japan, snarling traffic in Tokyo

One of the strongest typhoons to hit the Japanese capital in recent years landed just east of Tokyo yesterday, killing three people, as record-breaking winds and stinging rain threatened to burst river banks.

The storm comes as Japan prepares to host the Rugby World Cup, which is expected to draw more than 400,000 overseas visitors.

Local media report that a woman in her fifties was killed when strong winds smashed her into a building.

Another woman in her 20s was also rescued from her house in Ichihara, east of Tokyo, after it was partly crushed when a metal pole from a golf driving range fell on it.

At one point as many as 17,000 people were stranded at the airport. Almost 760,000 households were still without electricity in the Tokyo area Monday evening.

Photos show flooded streets, littered with downed trees and branches.

Several railway and subway operators' suspended services and flights were cancelled at Tokyo airports.

The train services gradually resumed mid-morning, but all lines are still experiencing delays. They also passed out sleeping bags to some who chose to spend the night, following a day in which most trains were not running and buses were scarce even after service resumed.

"They simply had no contingency plan ...", one tired traveller who lives in Tokyo said of the scene, in which people crowded the exit areas and food ran out in airport stores.

While at Haneda Airport, more than 100 flights were canceled.

The Japan Times reported that the French team managed to reach the country shortly before the typhoon hit.

After hammering the Greater Tokyo region, Typhoon Faxai headed north-east at a speed of 25kmh towards the Tohoku region before heading out to the Pacific Ocean yesterday afternoon.

Ahead of the typhoon, JMA issued storm surge, flood, and landslide warnings, and asked the public to avoid going outdoors.

Strong typhoon Krosa lashed western Japan in mid-August, bringing strong winds and torrential rain that claimed one life.

But following close on the heels of the storm forecasters say temperatures are due to soar.

Preparations from tournament organisers are unchanged following the typhoon, World Rugby told ESPN.

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