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Typhoon ‘Faxai’ makes landfall in Tokyo with winds exceeding 200 kilometers per hour

TOKYO, Sep. 9 (Reuters / EP) –

One of the strongest typhoons that has hit the Japanese capital in recent years has made landfall on Monday, just east of Tokyo, with winds that have exceeded 200 kilometers per hour and have caused heavy rains and the overflow of several rivers .

In addition this typhoon has forced to cancel more than 130 flights and dozens of train lines have been closed for hours. The authorities have warned of the danger of going out with this time.

Typhoon ‘Faxai’ makes landfall in Tokyo with winds exceeding 200 kilometers per hour
Typhoon ‘Faxai’ makes landfall in Tokyo with winds exceeding 200 kilometers per hour

Typhoon 'Faxai' made landfall in the city of Chiba, east of Tokyo, shortly before dawn, bringing with it gusts of wind of 207 kilometers per hour, the strongest gust ever recorded here, according to the chain of national television NHK.

A woman in her 20s has had to be rescued from her home after it has been crushed by a metal pole. “There was a big noise. I couldn't imagine what it was. Then I looked out the window,” a neighbor told NHK.

There have also been several landslides and a bridge has been swept along the water. Another consequence has been that about 930,000 homes have run out of electricity.

“I have never seen a situation like this, the entire city without power,” a man told NHK. Throughout the morning the storm has begun to head towards the sea. However, authorities have warned that heavy rains are likely to continue for a few hours, including in Fukushima, the place where the worst nuclear disaster in the world since Chernobyl occurred.

About four or five typhoons make landfall in Japan every year, but it is unusual for them to do so near Tokyo. According to this television network, 'Faxai' is the strongest storm that has hit the capital in recent years.

The streets that are normally occupied by pedestrians or bicycles were completely deserted by this storm that has been able to shake the signs, flip trucks or destroy the roofs of some homes and establishments. Several 24-hour fast food restaurants in the center of the capital have closed and protected their windows with plywood.

Authorities have ordered the evacuation of some 2,000 people due to the danger of landslides, NHK said. Some parts of the Tokaido Shinkansen line stopped briefly, but the service has resumed after several hours.

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