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One dead as Typhoon Faxai batters Tokyo area with record winds

Typhoon Faxai pounded the wider Tokyo area on Monday with devastating winds and torrential rains, killing one person and injuring dozens of others.

Tokyo, 9 September 2019 (dpa/MIA) – Typhoon Faxai pounded the wider Tokyo area on Monday with devastating winds and torrential rains, killing one person and injuring dozens of others.

The storm passed over eastern Japan, but forecasters were still warning of flooding, strong winds, heavy rains and high waves in north-eastern Japan.

One woman in her 50s died in Tokyo after she was apparently knocked over by a gust of wind, local media reported.

Faxai ripped off some roofs, disrupted rush-hour commutes and caused wider power outages, while downing two steel towers for electricity transmission in Chiba prefecture.

About 793,000 households still lost electricity in the prefectures of Tokyo, Ibaraki, Chiba, Kanagawa and Shizuoka, Tokyo Electric Power said.

East Japan Railway had planned to resume all train services in the greater Tokyo area at 8 am, but many services were delayed or remained suspended.

More than 160 flights were cancelled on Monday following the cancellation of 135 flights on the previous day, broadcaster NHK reported.

As of 2 pm (0500 GMT), Faxai was off Fukushima prefecture after making landfall near the city of Chiba shortly before 5 am, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The storm was travelling north-east at 30 kilometres per hour with maximum sustained winds of 126 km/h and gusts of 180 km/h, the agency said.

Faxai dumped more than 440 millimetres of rain on the city of Izu in Shizuoka prefecture, Kyodo News agency reported.

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