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Typhoon Faxai pounds Tokyo, leaving nearly 1 million people without power

A man rode a moped through a flooded street as Typhoon Faxai struck Tokyo early Monday. (AP)

TOKYO — A powerful typhoon swept through Tokyo and the nearby coast early Monday, forcing airlines to cancel more than 100 flights and disrupting the morning commute for millions of people.

Typhoon Faxai was the strongest storm to hit the Japanese capital in years, broadcaster NHK said, and caused one death and more than 30 injuries across the region. A woman in her 50s died in Tokyo, police said; a security camera captured her being blown off her feet and into a wall, Kyodo news reported.

A blackout left more than 900,000 people without power in two areas surrounding the capital, according to Tokyo Electric Power Co. East Japan Railways canceled commuter trains, while some Shinkansen bullet train services were also disrupted.

Traffic was snarled, schools were closed, and 5,000 people were ordered to evacuate their homes, many of them in the tourist city of Kamakura south of Tokyo, for fear of landslides. 

Many flights from Tokyo’s Haneda airport were canceled from Sunday evening. Members of Australia’s rugby team, due to fly in for the Rugby World Cup beginning later this month, were among those forced to delay their travel plans. Scaffolding outside a multistory parking lot at the airport collapsed, while a woman in her 20s was seriously injured when nets and posts at a golf driving range collapsed.

Faxai made landfall in the city of Chiba, east of Tokyo, just before dawn, bringing wind gusts of up to 128 mph, the strongest ever recorded there, NHK said. The storm brought 17 inches of rain to the city of Izu in Shizuoka prefecture in 24 hours through early Monday, with more than four inches falling in an hour.

By late Monday morning, the skies had cleared, bringing heat and humidity. Tokyo temperatures soared into the 90s Fahrenheit.

Typhoons — known as hurricanes in the Western Hemisphere — regularly form over the Pacific in the late summer and fall months, posing a threat to East Asian population centers.

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One of the strongest typhoons to hit the Japanese capital in recent years struck just east of Tokyo on Monday, killing one woman. (Video: Reuters)

A separate typhoon struck the Korean Peninsula over the weekend, killing three people in South Korea and five in North Korea, according to local media reports. Typhoon Lingling left 13 people injured Saturday in South Korea and more than 160,000 people without power, according to official reports. 

The storm then struck North Korea, where it left 460 houses and 15 public buildings destroyed or damaged and large amounts of farmland buried or inundated, the official Korean Central News Agency reported.

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