Typhoon Mindulle In Tokyo Creates Flight Cancellations And Other Travel Challenges
Aug 22, 2016
Travel in and out of to Tokyo may be a challenge today. Mindulle became the first typhoon to make landfall near the metropolitan region of Tokyo in Japan, bringing the risk of floods and landslides.
The typhoon’s center was estimated to have passed the Tokyo area as of 4 p.m. local time, heading north as its maximum gust speed declined.
Narita airport temporarily shut down its runways as strong winds caused air-traffic controllers to evacuate the control tower.
ANA and Japan Airlines Co., the nation’s largest airlines, canceled a total of 337 domestic flights, affecting about 72,000 passengers, according to separate statements from the airlines. Trains were also affected, with Tokyo’s main loop line closed in one direction after a tree fell on the line at Harajuku station. East Japan Railway Co. also canceled dozens of other trains and Odakyu Electric Railway Co. halted routes between Tokyo and popular tourist destination Hakone. The Yamagata bullet train line was partially halted for the rest of Monday.
A passenger train in rural western Tokyo carrying six passengers was derailed due to a landslide, Jiji News reported.