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Typhoon Meari makes landfall on Japan's Pacific coast

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  • Typhoon Meari makes landfall on Japan's Pacific coast

    9 hours ago - 23:05


    Typhoon Meari made landfall on the Izu Peninsula on Japan's Pacific coast close to Tokyo on Saturday, causing disruptions to the roads and train and air services during the peak summer holiday season, the weather agency said.

    The agency has warned of disasters including potential landslides, flooding in low-lying areas, overflowing rivers, strong winds and high waves.

    In the 24 hours to 6 p.m. Sunday, it was forecast to bring up to 150 millimeters of rain to the Tokai region, including Shizuoka Prefecture, where the typhoon made landfall at about 5:30 p.m., and east Japan's Kanto-Koshin region, and 100 mm to the Tohoku region in the northeast, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

    ... Among the disruptions caused by the approaching typhoon on Saturday morning, Tokaido Shinkansen bullet train services were temporarily suspended between Shizuoka and Kakegawa, affecting 92,000 passengers, after rainfall hit levels required for safety measures.

    Some 11,800 people were affected by flight cancellations, after All Nippon Airways Co. said it would not operate 108 flights, including those leaving Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport and Hachijojima Airport on Hachijo Island south of Tokyo. Some planes leaving Tokyo's Haneda airport were also affected from the evening onward.

    In the city of Shizuoka, 72,000 people were told to evacuate due to heavy rain, with the local government later reporting that two locations had been hit by landslides, with one cutting off five residences.