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“Authorities said more than 2,000 people had taken refuge in shelters opened to accommodate those complying with the evacuation advisories.”

A powerful typhoon that battered Tokyo overnight with ferocious winds and driving rain caused is causing commuter this morning, with trains halted and more than 100 flights cancelled.

Typhoon Faxai, packing winds of up to 216 kilometres per hour, made landfall in Chiba just east of Tokyo before dawn, after barrelling through Tokyo Bay.

The transport disruptions unleashed by the storm came less than two weeks before the start of the Rugby World Cup, and delayed the arrival of the Australian team – a reminder that Japan’s typhoon season could present challenges for organisers.

Forecasters had warned of potential record wind speeds for a typhoon in the region, and non-mandatory evacuation orders were still in place at 8am for nearly 340,000 people. More than 30 people were injured in the storm, the Kyodo news agency said, including a woman who sustained serious injuries after pillars at a golf range were toppled by high winds and hit a house.

And on Sunday night, eight surfers were rescued after being swept out to sea in high waves off Shizuoka in central Japan. Authorities report two of the surfers were sent to hospital but none of those rescued were in serious condition.

The strong winds downed trees and power lines, with left 910,000 people without electricity in the Tokyo area this morning, NHK said. And at least 10 homes were damaged in Shizuoka, with windows shattered and cars flipped on their sides, local media reported.

Television footage showed a huge roof collapsing at a gasoline station in Tateyama, south of Tokyo, with pumps crushed underneath. Elsewhere, scaffolding was torn from buildings and protective sheeting hung to keep construction debris off the streets was crumpled and torn by the storm.

While the damage was relatively light given the wind speeds, it was enough to cause chaos in the capital’s notoriously busy morning commute.

The overland East Japan Railway train system was largely halted in the early hours of operation while tracks were checked for fallen trees and other debris from the storm.

The storm also caused delays and stoppages on subway lines, leading to massive crowds at some stations in the busy metropolitan area that is home to 36 million people. Bullet train services that were suspended during the storm were largely resumed, though some were operating on a reduced schedule. Some roads were blocked by downed trees.

At this stage (late Monday morning), the storm has moved back offshore and was headed northeast away from Japan, back into the Pacific.

The weather agency warned that landslides were still possible in Chiba as well as the northern Fukushima region as the storm headed away from land.

SOURCE: Agence France-Presse

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36 Thai provinces to be hit by heavy rain, sharp drop in temperatures

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The Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) says that between now and Thursday, 36 Thai provinces can expect to be hit by heavy rains, strong winds, and thundershowers, with a sharp drop in temperatures predicted in some regions.

The rough weather is due to a monsoon trough currently sitting over the Central, the East and the lower Northeast, a low pressure system over the South China Sea and a moderate high-pressure system from China sitting over the North-East and lower North.

This system is predicted to cause a sharp drop in temperatures from Monday to Thursday, with the TMD saying that while the upper part of Thailand will see less rainfall, it can expect the temperature to drop sharply, by up to 5 degrees Celsius.

The drop will start in the northeastern region, spreading to the North and Central regions. Residents are being advised to be aware of rapid weather changes.

The areas affected are as follows:

Northeast: Nakhon Ratchasima, Buri Ram, Surin, Si Sa Ket and Ubon Ratchathani provinces.

Central: Ratchaburi, Kanchanaburi, Samut Songkhram, Samut Sakhon, Nakhon Pathom, Suphan Buri, Uthai Thani, Chai Nat, Ang Thong, Sing Buri, Lop Buri, Saraburi and Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya including Bangkok and its vicinity.

East: Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo, Chachoengsao, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat.

South: Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon and Ranong provinces.

SOURCE: The Nation

 

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Pattaya down the drain – big rains hit the city

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Hours of torrential rain that hit Pattaya yesterday caused flooding and made some roads impassable. But that didn’t stop some adventurous drivers giving it a red-hot shot!

The road by the railway, heading towards Sattahip, was under half a metre of water in places. The area is prone to flooding when the monsoonal rains kick in, according to the 77kaoded report. The Beach Road was passable but the water there was “black and stinking” and flowing straight into the sea.

A foreigner, along with his female passenger, ended up even further underwater when they drove into an unseen drain. They were both wearing helmets at the time but it may have been more use if they’d worn lifejackets instead.

SOURCE: 77kaoded

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Damp in the south, drier in the north – Thailand’s fickle weather

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There is a reasonably high chance of rain in many of the country’s busiest locations, over the next five days (forecasts below).

According to the TMD (Thai Meteorological Department), there will be an increased chance of rain in the south but less in the north and north-east, where many areas are still recovering from extensive flooding.

“The monsoon trough lies across the lower Central, the upper South and the East to the low-pressure cell over Cambodia. The strong southwest monsoon prevails across the Andaman Sea, the South and the upper Gulf. These cause are continue rainfall in the lower Central, the South and the East with isolated heavy rains are likely in Chonburi, Rayong, Chanthaburi, Trat, Ranong, Phangnga and Satun. People in the areas should beware of severe condition. Less rain is likely in the North and Northeast.”

Phuket’s five day forecast, below…

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