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Typhoon Faxai leaves a million without power in Japan

The power outage forced a Sony Corporation unit to suspend operations of a plant in Kisarazu where the company produces PlayStation 4.

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Typhoon Faxai which made its landfall at Japan’s coastal city Chiba in the early hours on Monday, has left more than 100 flights canceled and nearly 1 million households without power, CNN reported.

The typhoon  brought heavy rain and winds of 193 km per hour, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), which has left transport disrupted across major cities of the country. The storm moved over country’s capital city, Tokyo and paralyzed transport. Major subway stations in Tokyo were crammed full of commuters on Monday morning, all stuck waiting for bullet trains and subway services that had shut down. East Japan Railway company suspended all lines in the greater Tokyo area.

At least one person was killed and 40 others were injured in Tokyo after Faxai reached the city. The police said that the victim was a woman in her 50s in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward. A security camera captured her being blown off her feet and into a wall which killed her on the spot, reports Kyoto news agency.

The typhoon also caused a tall fence surrounding a golf driving range to collapse and land on residences in Ichihara, Chiba prefecture, leaving a woman in her 20s with serious injuries.

Winds of up to 209 kph were reported at Kozu Island on the Izu islet chain, 207 kph at Chiba, and 207 kph at Tokyo’s Haneda airport, all breaking records, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

As of 11am, the season’s 15th typhoon passed through the region and was travelling northeast at 30 kph some 60 km southeast of the city of Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture, Kyodo News Agency quoted the JMA as saying.

Many flights departing from and arriving at Haneda airport were cancelled since Sunday evening. According to the airport website, more than 100 flights, both arriving and departing from airports in the Tokyo area were canceled on Monday, including 49 Japan Airlines flights and 41 by All Nippon Airways. The entire Keikyu rail line, which connects Tokyo and Yokohama to Haneda Airport, is still suspended.

In Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures, some 920,000 households experienced temporary power cuts, according to Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. The power outage forced a Sony Corporation unit to suspend operations of a plant in Kisarazu where it produces the PlayStation 4.