Thunderstorm in Tokyo area disrupts mass transit


A heavy thunderstorm that struck Tokyo and northern Kanagawa Prefecture on Tuesday afternoon caused a power outage that forced train passengers to walk on a railway track and a bullet-train line to shut down.

The outage, possibly caused by a lightning strike at around 4:30 p.m., left two trains stranded between stations on Tokyu Corp.’s Toyoko Line in Kawasaki, forcing passengers to walk on the track, Tokyu said. The line resumed services after about three hours.

Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) said it suspended shinkansen services between Shinagawa in Tokyo and Shin-Yokohama in Kanagawa at around 4:30 p.m. as rainfall exceeded the threshold of 60 mm per hour in Kawasaki. Services resumed after around 40 minutes.

The Meteorological Agency warned of record-breaking cloudbursts in Tokyo, estimating precipitation as high as 100 mm in an hour in Meguro and Setagaya wards.

The agency also forecast heavy rain in coastal areas along northeastern Honshu on through Thursday.

  • Hugothester

    I had to wait for 40 minutes at Kikuna station in the Toyoko Line, they were quite fast with the repairs for the extent of the damages!

  • David Niehoff

    Actually we had to walk to Musashi-Kosugi station, because there was a down power line between our train and Motosumiyoshi station. I’m actually standing in front of the two girls in Yukata.

  • Raymond Chuang

    60 mm of rain per hour? That would be essentially just over two inches of rain–at where I live in the USA, 25 mm of rain in a hour would cause light street flooding.