Rugby Typhoon Faxai brings record-breaking winds and strong rain to Japan, killing 3 and leaving thousands of stranded at the airport

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  • One of the strongest typhoons in recent years hit eastern Japan on Monday, bringing with it wind gusts of 207 kmh (128 mph), the strongest ever recorded in the city of Chiba.
  • At least three people have died as a result of the powerful typhoon, Kyodo News Agency reported on Tuesday local time.
  • More than 160 flights were canceled and scores of train lines closed for hours. Roughly 14,000 people were stranded at Narita Airport on Monday night, Kyodo said, citing Narita International Airport Corp.
  • Some minor landslides occurred and a bridge was washed away, while as many as 930,000 houses lost power at one point, national broadcaster NHK said.
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TOKYO (Reuters) – One of the strongest typhoons to hit eastern Japan in recent years struck just east of the capital Tokyo on Monday, with record-breaking winds and stinging rain damaging buildings and disrupting transport.

At least three people have died as a result of the powerful typhoon, Kyodo News Agency reported on Tuesday local time.

More than 160 flights were canceled and scores of train lines closed for hours, snarling the morning commute for millions in a greater Tokyo area with a population of some 36 million. Roughly 14,000 people were stranded at Narita Airport on Monday night, Kyodo said, citing Narita International Airport Corp.

Direct train service between Narita airport and the capital remained severely limited into the evening, with thousands of irritated travelers packed into a key transport hub for both the Rugby World Cup starting later this month and next year’s Tokyo Olympics.

“They simply had no contingency plan…,” one weary traveler who lives in Tokyo said of the scene, in which people crowded the exit areas and food ran out in airport stores.

A crowd of passengers is seen as they wait for operations of train services to resume in a snarl caused by Typhoon Faxai at Urawa station in Saitama, north of Tokyo, Japan September 9, 2019.
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“They let planes land … and thousands of passengers were disgorged into an airport that was cut off – no buses, no JR trains. The only connection was a private train running every half hour half way to Tokyo.”

The man, who said he arrived just before 4 p.m. local time and only caught a bus at 7:30 p.m. after standing in line, added: “My wife said: what if this happens during the Olympics?”

Typhoon Faxai, a Lao woman’s name, slammed ashore near the city of Chiba shortly before dawn, bringing with it wind gusts of 207 kmh (128 mph), the strongest ever recorded in Chiba, national broadcaster NHK said.

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