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A powerful typhoon hits Tokyo


The typhoon Faxai has, for the moment, not made any victim nor important damages but it generates numerous power cuts and interruptions of transports.

Typhoon Faxai hit Tokyo on Monday, September 9th, causing heavy rain. CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP

The powerful typhoon Faxai that causes winds up to 216 km / h and torrential rains fell on Monday 9 September morning on the Tokyo area. After crossing the bay, he made landfall in Chiba, southeast of the Japanese capital.

Authorities issued non-mandatory evacuation instructions for more than 390,000 people, with weather forecasts predicting that wind and rain could reach record levels. About 290,000 homes were cut off in the region, and at least a dozen houses were damaged in Shizuoka, near Tokyo, with blown windows and cars turned upside down, according to local media reports.

"Be alert to gusts and strong waves. Be alert to landslides, floods and flooded rivers, " the Meteorological Agency said in a statement. Television footage showed the huge roof of a collapsing gas station in Tateyama, south of Tokyo.

Canceled flights, closed routes

The Central Japan Railway Company railroad has announced the cancellation of about 100 high-speed trains linking Tokyo to the cities of central and western Japan. For its part, East Japan Railway, the largest railway operator in the capital, decided to suspend Monday morning until about 8 am all lines of the Tokyo metropolitan area. "We have to inspect the tracks and check for any damage because the typhoon will strike the region at night," a company spokesman told Agence France-Presse (AFP).

Ferries operating in Tokyo Bay were abolished as airlines canceled 171 flights and some coastal highways were closed west of the capital, Kanagawa.

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The French rugby team arrived on time

There were no reports of serious injuries or damage on Monday morning, but eight surfers were rescued off Shizuoka, southwest of Tokyo, after being swept offshore, local authorities said. . "Two helicopters were dispatched on the spot while specialized rescuers were sent to sea," AFP spokesman told AFP. Two surfers have been hospitalized but their days are not in danger, he said.

The arrival of Faxai on Tokyo coincides with the expected arrival of the teams to participate in the Rugby World Cup, which starts on September 20th. The French team landed and was able to join its training camp near Mount Fuji just before the arrival of the typhoon that moves north at a speed of 25 km / h and is expected to cross northeast Japan. before returning to the Pacific.

Japan is used to typhoons and tropical storms during late summer and autumn. In mid-August, the mighty tropical cyclone Krosa hit the western part of the country, with strong winds and torrential rains that killed one person. At the end of August, violent floods killed three people in the south-west of the country.

Source: lemonde

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