The Wallabies preparations for the Rugby World Cup were put to test after typhoon Faxai hovered over Tokyo, cancelling their flight out of Sydney. The powerful typhoon battered the capital with ferocious winds and incessant rain causing commuter chaos with more than 100 flights cancelled.
During late summer and autumn, Japan usually faces severe tropical storms and typhoons. With winds of up to 216 kilometers per hour, the historic typhoon barreled through Tokyo Bay and made landfall in Chiba, just east of Tokyo. Its expected ferocity shut down trains and flights in and out of the Japanese capital. Qantas flight QF25 scheduled to fly from Sydney to Tokyo was delayed by at least 15 hours. However, the Australian team found their Sydney departure delayed from Sunday night until Monday afternoon.
Typhoon to hinder Rugby World Cup
Typhoon Faxai comes just as teams begin arriving for the Rugby World Cup, which kicks off on Sept 20. The French team managed to sneak in just ahead of the typhoon and reach their training camp near Mount Fuji on Sunday afternoon. The Wallabies found their Sydney departure delayed from Sunday night until Monday afternoon. With the arrival of the life-threatening Typhoon Faxai in Tokyo, the Rugby World Cup also faces the prospect of washed out games. This would result in pool games such as the one between the All Blacks and Namibia being declared a draw. Perhaps, the weather could play a massive part in the tournament outcome.
Typhoon Faxai disrupts Japanese Flights
As the storm season, September peaks up in Japan, the latest typhoon, Faxai is set to disrupt Japanese flights significantly. It is expected to make landfall by Sunday evening, accompanied with severe rainfall and powerful winds. As Japan braces for impact, airlines have advised travelers to keep an eye on the progress and direction of the storm. Due to the nature of the storm and its predicted intensity and path, airlines are already preparing for potential cancellations and delays. Travelers flying to or from Japan should be prudent as the storm progresses. Cathay Pacific cancelled flights on September 8th and waived its rebooking and rerouting charges to all tickets purchased on or before the September 7th. Airport departures and arrivals for All Nippon Airways were affected in Tokyo Narita, Tokyo Haneda, Shizuoka and Fukushima.