According to reports, trains, planes are all canceled as record-breaking winds and heavy rain lash the Japanese capital. It was reportedly one of the strongest typhoons to hit Tokyo in recent years, it made landfall just east of Japan’s capital on Monday, leaving one dead and bringing record-breaking winds and stinging rain. Due to the typhoon, more than 130 flights were canceled and train services are still closed in many areas due to heavy destruction. The heavy winds snarled the morning commute for millions in a greater Tokyo area which has an estimated population of around 36 million, as authorities warned it was dangerous to venture outside.
Yoshihide Suga, the government spokesman told reporters that he had received a report of one death till now as well as damage caused by toppling trees and objects hurled into the air by the strong winds. Around 900,000 power failures were also reported, he said.
The typhoon has been named “Faxai”, it made landfall in the city if Chiba, just east of Tokyo, a little before dawn bringing with it wind gusts of more than 207 km/hour in Chiba, it was the strongest ever recorded typhoon there, according to national broadcaster NHK. During the typhoon, one woman was seriously injured after a metal pole crashed onto her home from a golf course. Also according to Kyodo News Agency, local authorities were cited as saying at least 30 people had been hurt in Chiba, Kanagawa, and Shizuoka prefectures. Between four and five typhoons hit Japan every year, but it is unusual for them to do so near Tokyo. NHK said Faxai was the strongest storm in the area for several years.