Typhoon Faxai leaves one dead and dozens injured as 134mph winds knock out power and cancel flights in Toyko

TYPHOON Faxai howled across the Tokyo this morning killing one person and causing dozens of injuries.

The 134mph winds disrupted rush-hour travel and knocked out power as several railway operators suspended services and flights were cancelled at airports.

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A scaffold damaged by Typhoon Faxai is seen at a parking building of Haneda airport in Tokyo[/caption]

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A truck lies on its side due to the ferocious wind on a highway in Tomisato[/caption]

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A man in Tokyo rides a moped through a flooded street due to the typhoon[/caption]

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A platform roof destroyed due to strong winds at Higashi-Chiba station in Chiba[/caption]

Faxai passed over Chiba, a northern suburb of the Japanese capital, before daybreak, shaking homes with strong winds and battering the area with rain.

Government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters that he had received a report of one death and damage caused by toppling trees and objects getting hurled through the air by the wind.

He said some 900,000 power failures were also reported.

The severe weather in Japan comes after a separate typhoon, Lingling, lashed the Korean Peninsula over the weekend, leaving five people dead in North Korea and three dead in South Korea.

It toppled hundreds of trees, damaged scores of buildings and knocked out power to more than 161,000 homes in South Korea.

MONSTER WINDS

The storm that hit Japan disrupted morning commutes and knocked over scaffolding, causing damage in a widespread area but no reported deaths.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, the typhoon reached the Pacific by late morning exiting Japan northeast of Tokyo with winds still blowing at 89 miles per hour with gusts up to 123 mph.

Kyodo News agency cited local authorities as saying at least 30 people were hurt in Chiba, Kanagawa and Shizuoka prefectures.

The usually congested trains and major stations were even more crowded than usual once services resumed, with trains stopping temporarily and running erratically.

SEVERE FLOODING

“I can’t go to work now and I also had to contact my customers,” said Tsubasa Kikuchi, a 23 year-old real estate worker, who had been waiting at Shimbashi station for more than two hours. “This is troublesome.”

The weather agency warned of mudslides and flooding after the heavy rain.

Kyodo reported more than 17 inches of rain had fallen in the city of Izu in Shizuoka prefecture in the past 24 hours.

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Workers take out a destroyed shopping street gate on a highway in Kamakura after the 134mph winds howled through the area[/caption]

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Damaged scaffolding is seen at the construction site of a parking garage at Haneda Airport[/caption]

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Commuters wait for train platforms to open at Shinjuku Station, following some suspension of train services[/caption]

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A worker helps push a commuter’s briefcase into the train at Shimbashi station[/caption]

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Damaged scaffolding is seen at the construction site of a parking garage at Haneda Airport[/caption]


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