Japan on Sunday September 8th is bracing itself for a strong typhoon that could bring record-breaking winds and rain to the capital and other regions overnight, with trains and flights cancelled as a precautionary measure, AFP has reported.
Faxai, a woman’s name in Lao, is a typhoon packed with winds of up to 216 kilometres (134 miles) per hour. It is forecast to reach coastal areas near Tokyo in the late hours of Sunday into Monday morning, Japan's meteorological agency said.
"Please be on full alert against gusts and high waves and be vigilant about landslides, floods and swollen rivers," the agency said in a statement.
National broadcaster NHK warned that high-speed winds could fell power lines and damage homes, while heavy rains could trigger flooding and landslides.
Naoji Nakamura, a meteorological agency official, told reporters that the typhoon could bring "record" winds and rains.
Eight surfers were rescued amid high waves off Shizuoka in central Japan after they were swept out to sea, local officials said.
"Two helicopters were dispatched while special rescuers rushed out to sea," a fire department spokesman told AFP.
"We sent two of them to hospital, but no one was in danger of dying," he added.
Meanwhile, Central Japan Railway Company said it would cancel some 50 bullet trains, while ferries operating in Tokyo bay were also scrapped.
Some 30 flights will be grounded later in the day and some coastal highways were closed west of the capital in Kanagawa due to the storm, according to local media.