Tokyo slammed by deadly typhoon

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Many flights to and from Haneda airport were canceled since Sunday evening.

The storm then moved over Tokyo and paralyzed transport.

Streets normally busy with commuters walking or bicycling were deserted, with winds just east of Tokyo shaking buildings.

As the typhoon hit, the JR East rail company suspended all lines in the greater Tokyo metropolitan area, which has a population of 36 million.

A scaffold for construction work at a parking facility for the domestic terminal of the airport collapsed over a length of dozens of meters, while a temporary wall in work for expanding the worldwide terminal also collapsed.

Some damage was also reported on rails, including a tree fall on a line from Tokyo to the southern suburbs towards Yokohama. Flights are still arriving, but with highways blocked and two railways to the city center shut down, arriving passengers had no way to leave the airport.

The other worldwide airport serving Tokyo, Haneda - located in the south of the greater metropolitan area - was not affected as much as Narita by the 15th typhoon of the season.

Many people lined up at train station entrances and counters for shuttle bus services, while other areas in the airport such as food courts were flooded with travelers.

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There are also widespread blackouts - almost a million households are without power, according to public broadcaster NHK.

Almost 290,000 households lost power in the region, while at least 10 houses were damaged in Shizuoka with windows shattered and cars flipped onto their sides, according to local media. NHK sources allege, she died later in the hospital.

Ahead of the typhoon, JMA issued storm surge, flood, and landslide warnings, and asked the public to avoid going outdoors.

Just hours before they landed Tokyo was being rocked by devastating winds of more than 100mph with high-rise buildings and hotels swaying under the strain.

More evacuation orders are expected in the coming hours.

An uprooted tree lies on the pavement caused by strong winds as typhoon Man-Yi closes in on Naha city, in Japan's southern island of Okinawa in this file picture.

The 15th typhoon to hit Japan this year was forecast to continue moving northeast away from the archipelago nation throughout the day, the Japan Meteorological Agency reported.

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