Hundreds of Flights Canceled, More Than 100,000 Told to Evacuate as Typhoon Faxai Targets Tokyo

Typhoon Faxai can be seen approaching eastern Japan on Sunday. (Japan Meteorological Agency)

A powerful typhoon is forecast to make landfall near Tokyo late Sunday, packing winds of up to 134 mph and the threat of heavy rain as more than 100,000 people have been told to evacuate.

Japan’s Meteorological Agency said Typhoon Faxai had grown to a “very powerful” storm that was located about 60 miles south of Tokyo, traveling northeast at about 12 mph.

Forecasters warned that central and eastern Japan, including Tokyo, may see record winds from Faxai as it moves over the areas with winds up to 134 mph, Kyodo News reported. The maximum sustained winds are equivalent to a Category 2 or 3 hurricane.

“Please be on full alert against gusts and high waves and be vigilant about landslides, floods and swollen rivers,” Japan’s weather agency said in a statement.

Between 7 and 15 inches of rain is forecast to fall across parts of the region, in addition to rough seas.

Authorities issued evacuation advisories for more than 100,000 people in parts of the Kanagawa, Shizuoka prefectures and Tokyo metropolitan areas, Japanese broadcaster NHK reported.

An additional 2.4 million people in Kanagawa, Shizuoka prefectures and neighboring areas were being advised to prepare for possible evacuations, NHK reported.

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SOURCE: Fox News, Travis Fedschun