Powerful Typhoon Faxai Lashes Tokyo Area

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Tokyo, Sept. 9 (Jiji Press)--A powerful typhoon made landfall near Tokyo early Monday, bringing strong wind and torrential rain into the Kanto eastern Japan region and disrupting traffic in the metropolitan area.

Typhoon Faxai, the 15th typhoon of this year, slammed into the vicinity of the city of Chiba shortly before 5 a.m. (8 p.m. Sunday GMT), after passing near the Miura Peninsula and crossing Tokyo Bay.

The Japan Meteorological Agency put local residents on alert for stormy weather and high waves.

The maximum instantaneous wind speed registered 57.5 meters per second in Chiba's Chuo Ward at around 4:30 a.m. and 43.2 meters at Tokyo International Airport in Haneda at around 3:25 a.m., breaking records in respective locations.

One-hour rainfall to around 12:30 a.m. totaled 109.0 millimeters in Mount Amagi in Izu, Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan. Rainfall of 72.0 millimeters was registered in the hour to 3:50 a.m. in Naka Ward in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, and in the hour to around 4:30 a.m. in Tokyo's Edogawa Ward.

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