Woman killed as strong typhoon lashes Tokyo area, cutting power and transport

Jeck Deocampo   •   September 9, 2019   •   577

One of the strongest typhoons to hit the Japanese capital in recent years hit just east of Tokyo on Monday (September 9), killing one woman, with record-breaking winds and stinging rain that threatened to burst river banks before heading out to sea.

More than 130 flights were cancelled and scores of train lines were closed for hours, snarling the morning commute for millions in a greater Tokyo area that has a population of some 36 million. Authorities warned it was dangerous to venture outside.

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

A woman in her fifties was confirmed dead after she was found lying on a Tokyo street and taken to hospital. Footage from a nearby security camera showed she had been smashed against a building by strong winds, NHK reported. (REUTERS)

Japan’s capital braces for what could be heaviest rain in 60 years

Robie de Guzman   •   October 11, 2019

A handout photo made available by NASA shows a visible image acquired from the MODIS instrument aboard NASA’s Terra Satellite of Typhoon Hagibis approaching the southeast coast of Japan, 09 October 2019 (issued 10 October 2019).  EPA-EFE/NASA GODDARD MODIS RAPID RESPONSE

A powerful storm approached Japan on Friday (October 11), threatening to batter its capital with the heaviest rain in 60 years, disrupting a Formula One Grand Prix and rugby’s World Cup and raising fears of transport chaos.

Typhoon Hagibis, which means “speed” in the Philippine language Tagalog, is due to make landfall on the main island of Honshu on Saturday (October 12), a month after one of the strongest typhoons to hit Japan in recent years destroyed or damaged 30,000 houses and caused extensive power cuts.

The storm could be the strongest to hit Tokyo since 1958 and people should also prepare for high waves and storm surges, Yasushi Kajihara, forecast division director at the Japan Meteorological Agency, told media during a Friday briefing.

Rugby World Cup organisers on Thursday (October 10) cancelled Saturday’s game between England and France as well as New Zealand’s match against Italy due to the risk from the typhoon. Japanese Formula One Grand Prix organisers also cancelled all practice and qualifying sessions scheduled for Saturday.

Typhoon Hagibis is expected to pass over or get close to Tokyo and neighbouring areas including Chiba prefecture, which is still recovering from a devastating typhoon Faxai that struck a month ago. (Reuters)

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PH Embassy in Japan urges Filipinos to brace for Typhoon Hagibis

Robie de Guzman   •   October 10, 2019

The Philippine Embassy in Tokyo has urged Filipinos in Japan to prepare for the onslaught of typhoon Hagibis.

In an advisory posted on Facebook Thursday, the Philippine Embassy warned Filipinos that the effects of the strong typhoon may be felt in Ogasawara Islands beginning Thursday.

Citing reports from Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the Embassy said the storm may likely bring surges, heavy rainfall and flooding in areas that are on Hagibis’ track, including Chiba Prefecture.

The Narita Airport is located in Chiba Prefecture, prompting airline companies Japan Airlines and ANA to announce flight cancellations for October 11.

The Embassy said that train services in the Greater Tokyo area may also be suspended in the following days if Hagibis continues to move closer to the metropolitan area.

For safety and security, Filipinos are urged to stay indoors to avoid being stranded.

It also advised Filipinos to monitor weather updates from Japanese authorities.

Floating solar panel farm catches fire following typhoon Faxai

Robie de Guzman   •   September 10, 2019

Courtesy: @gtsnafkin / Twitter

One of the strongest typhoons to hit eastern Japan in recent years caused a fire at a solar power plant when it struck on Monday (September 9),

Video shared with Reuters showed flames and heavy smoke billowing at a floating solar panel farm at Yamakura Dam, southeast of Tokyo.

Local fire department believes that the panels piled on top of one another during strong winds and the stacked panels accumulated enough heat to cause a fire to break out. NHK reported that around 50 solar panels out of 50,000 were affected by the fire.

More than 900,000 homes lost power as Typhoon Faxai killed one woman, with record-breaking winds and stinging rain damaging buildings and disrupting transport. (Reuters)

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