Typhoon Shanshan clips Japan coast, sparing Tokyo

People using umbrellas struggle against a heavy rain and wind in front as Typhoon Shanshan approaches Japan's mainland in Tokyo, Japan, on Aug 8, 2018.
People using umbrellas struggle against a heavy rain and wind in front as Typhoon Shanshan approaches Japan's mainland in Tokyo, Japan, on Aug 8, 2018. PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP, REUTERS) - Typhoon Shanshan clipped Japan's eastern coast on Thursday morning (Aug 9), sparing Tokyo but bringing heavy rain, strong winds and high waves to some areas along the Pacific coast.

The fierce storm system was expected to begin moving away from land after brushing Japan's main island, the country's meteorological agency said.

But the authorities urged residents to stay on alert as the slow-moving typhoon could still trigger landslides and flooding.

Shanshan, a Chinese girl's name, was around 150km north-east of Tokyo off the coast of Mito City at 0100 GMT (9am Singapore time), the meteorological agency said.

Around 100 domestic flights were cancelled and some trains, and there were about 2,000 households without power, but Tokyo's vast transportation system was operating mostly as usual.

Four people have been injured by the storm, but there have been no reports of major damage, the disaster management agency said.

More than 2,000 people evacuated their homes by early Thursday, with Shanshan still packing gusts of up to 180kmh.

 
 

Its approach towards the greater Tokyo area on Wednesday sparked fears the busy morning commute in the capital could be disrupted on Thursday.

But the worst of the storm's weather had subsided in Tokyo by the morning, leaving behind clouds without major rain and winds.

The typhoon is the latest weather front to batter Japan, which has been sweating through a deadly record heatwave that claimed 124 lives last month.

Heavy rain also devastated central and western parts of the country in July, causing flooding and landslides that killed more than 200 people.

The heat is set to return to Tokyo later on Thursday, with highs of 33 deg C predicted for the next few days.