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fury
猛威
transit chaos
交通の混乱
water outage
断水(後出 power outage と power cut は停電)
make landfall
上陸する
core ... pressure
中心気圧
sustain
維持する
wind gust
(ここでは)最大瞬間風速
suspend
(ここでは)運休する(後出 suspension と stoppage はここでは運休)
in anticipation of ~
~を予想して
resume
再開する
legions of ~
多数の~(後出 numerous ~も同意)
(be) stranded
取り残される
(be) stuck
足止めされる
isolated island
(ここでは)陸の孤島
Tokyo ... Co.
東京電力
household
世帯
fallen tree
倒木
mountainous region
(ここでは)山間部
cooling tower
冷却塔
collapse
倒壊する
Japan ... Agency
日本原子力研究開発機構
Oarai Research ... Institute
大洗研究所
home of ~
~がある
Japan Materials Testing Reactor
材料試験炉
radioactive material
放射性物質
leak
漏れ
【写真説明】transmission tower
送電鉄塔
 

Typhoon Faxai's Fury   

Typhoon Faxai hit the Kanto area from the night of Sept. 8 through the early morning of Sept. 9, creating transit chaos and causing widespread water and power outages.

Faxai, the 15th typhoon of the year, made landfall near the city of Chiba on Sept. 9, with a core atmospheric pressure of 960 hectopascals and sustained wind speeds of up to 144 kilometers per hour. Wind gusts hit record speeds across Kanto, including 207 kph in Chiba's Chuo Ward and 209 kph in the village of Kozushima in the Izu Islands, Tokyo. Izu, Shizuoka Prefecture, also recorded the most rain it had ever seen in a single hour, at 109 millimeters, at around midnight on Sept. 8.

East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) and private rail firms suspended almost all services in Tokyo on the morning of Sept. 9 in anticipation of the storm. According to JR East, some 2.78 million people were affected by the suspensions, and people waiting for operations to resume formed long lines outside train stations.

Train stoppages also left legions of travelers stranded at Narita International Airport, and some 13,000 people were stuck and stayed overnight. Some of them slept in sleeping bags provided by the airport company. One traveler said, "This airport has become an isolated island." He was worried if the same thing would happen during the Tokyo Olympic Games next year.

Meanwhile, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said that power outages affected as many as 935,000 households, mostly in Chiba Prefecture. Power cuts were continuing as of Sept. 13, mainly because fallen trees had prevented operators from fixing power lines in mountainous regions. Chiba also saw numerous water outages impacting as many as 89,000 households.

Typhoon Faxai additionally caused a 16.5-meter-tall cooling tower to collapse at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency's Oarai Research & Development Institute in Ibaraki Prefecture, home of the currently stopped Japan Materials Testing Reactor. There was apparently no radioactive material leak.

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