Powerful Typhoon Banyan sideswiped eastern Japan on Tuesday evening, narrowly missing Tokyo but hitting Kamogawa, Chiba Prefecture, shortly after 8 p.m., the Meteorological Agency said.
Banyan was expected to continue its northeastern sprint Wednesday morning, drenching an extensive region along the Pacific coast, the agency said.
The typhoon, moving northeast at a speed of 30 kph, was packing winds of up to 90 kph at its center and had an atmospheric pressure of 980 hectopascals.
Banyan left at least three people injured — two in Saitama Prefecture and one in Shizuoka.
Earlier Tuesday, a Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter was mobilized to rescue two men aboard a yacht off Izu Peninsula after a distress signal was detected. Both were taken to a hospital in Chiba Prefecture but appeared to be fine, according to the Japan Coast Guard.
All Nippon Airways canceled 34 domestic flights, including those between Tokyo and Sendai, New Chitose in Hokkaido, and Naha in Okinawa. Japan Airlines canceled flights between Fukuoka and Sendai, and other destinations.
Ibex Airlines, which operates a fleet of small planes, canceled 10 flights, including domestic feeder services to Narita International Airport.
The Tokyo Bay ferry, which links Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, with Futtsu, Chiba Prefecture, canceled all 21 runs for the day, the operator said.
Services linking Tokyo to nearby Pacific islands were also suspended.
Sections of the Tomei Expressway between the Fuji and Shimizu interchanges in Shizuoka Prefecture were closed early in the morning because of high tides, according to the Road Traffic Information Center. Traffic on other toll roads was also suspended.
Train service on the JR Chuo Line and other railways in Tokyo were halted or delayed in some areas.
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