Workmen repair a utility power pole in Futtsu, Chiba Prefecture, on Thursday. Photo: KYODO

Post-typhoon blackout in Chiba reaches Day 4, affecting 330,000 homes


Hundreds of thousands of households near Tokyo entered their fourth day without electricity on Thursday amid sweltering heat and no relief in sight, as a utility struggled to recover power systems damaged by Typhoon Faxai.

The number of households in Chiba Prefecture affected by the outage stood at approximately 330,000 around 2 p.m., down from more than 380,000 Wednesday evening. But the figure was expected to remain at around 300,000 by the end of the day, according to Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO).

The utility had sought to restore power across the prefecture sometime on Wednesday but said it had found power poles and power lines that were more badly damaged than initially expected, and recovery efforts are being hindered by downed trees.

"We would like TEPCO to make further efforts" in resolving the power outage and sharing a more accurate outlook, said Chiba Gov Kensaku Morita.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga indicated the government has also taken issue with TEPCO's recovery efforts, saying, "We need to strictly review the power cuts and recovery processes and make corrections."

Some 20,000 households continued to have no running water within the prefecture as maximum temperatures repeatedly eclipsed 30 C after the typhoon passed.

"We can't take a bath or use air conditioning, so we struggle to beat the heat," said 36-year-old Akina Shinoda in Ichihara.

Among the many people who lined up for water at the Ichihara city office was 72-year-old Michiko Okuma, who secured 24 500-milliliter bottles of water for her family.

"I don't know how long the water stoppage will continue, but I hope these will sustain us for the next four or five days," she said.

Meanwhile, the city of Futtsu, which is also experiencing power and water outages in some areas, said it mistakenly gave out about 1,800 bottles of waters that expired last year after officials failed to check them thoroughly. It has urged people not to drink them.

Faxai made landfall near the city of Chiba early Monday, becoming one of the strongest recorded typhoons to hit the Kanto region of eastern Japan.

It disrupted major transport networks in the metropolitan area and killed at least three people while knocking over two power line towers and a number of utility poles in Chiba Prefecture.

About 935,000 households were left without electricity at one point in wide areas including the prefectures of Chiba, Ibaraki, Kanagawa, Shizuoka, and Tokyo.

Some schools in areas affected by the power outage remain closed, and some of East Japan Railway Co's services on the Uchibo and Sotobo lines were canceled throughout Thursday.


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Sheesh. I have nothing but admiration for those linemen.

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A couple of major pylons downed, not easy to just replace. Terrible for the people without power/water.

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At some point they also had to suspend working on the repairs because of a severe thunderstorm.

Another reminder to everyone that there are good reasons to have more rather than less emergency supplies such as water on hand.

I once lived without electricity for a week after a typhoon. Luckily there was no disruption to our water supply, we had propane to cook with, and had enough rice and beans and other dried items to survive on. Could not heat the bath water though.

Hope people find ways to cope and that electricity is restored as soon as possible.

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Yep, three cheers & then some for the people trying to get the electricity flowing again, also heard there are a fair number of workers from well outside Chiba-ken, big thanks to them as well! I was fortunate to only go without for a bit less than a day, driving around still lots of intersections with no working lights.

Here's to hoping the power is back sooner rather than later!!

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No power since Monday 6am (Narita) thx gods.. it' not that hot anymore --" , my kids are enjoying it !

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Blue collar workers are the backbone of Japan, and have no political or economic clout. Someone needs to start a Workers Party.

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Fortunately the humidity was much lower today, hopefully that will mitigate the lack of A/C for these folks.

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Probably, it’s time Japan started work on underground cable installation. The skies over cities, large and small, in Japan are full of electric wires like cobwebs, making cityscapes ugly and chaotic.

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voiceofokinawaToday  10:17 pm JST

“Probably, it’s time Japan started work on underground cable installation.”

Such work has been underway for years already. In the city where I live the main street, as well as most of the other major roads, the main large park and most others, all historical preservation districts, all commercial districts developed within last 15 years or so, and all newly (as in within last ten years or so) developed residential districts have underground cables.

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When the power goes out you learn to appreciate having it. Lets all appreciate the line crews out there working long hours to restore our convenience. Working as a lineman is meticulous work due to the safety protocols that must be followed. Appreciate the workers at the power company. (OK, go ahead and complain about the company, but not the workers!)

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The expired bottled water in Futtsu is safe to drink. After long-term storage, the bottled water's appearance, smell or taste may change somewhat, but the water will still be safe to consume. And while bottled water manufacturers put expiration dates on their labels, these dates are meant to be indicators of quality, not safety. It would pose a greater risk to your health to go without water than to drink expired water.

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maybe bury the lines?

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Saw an interview with one of the power company helpers who’d come from Ibaraki. He said the crew was sleeping in their trucks and were facing difficulties just like the local residents in trying to find an open store with bentos or such to eat available. I’ve got great respect for people who do this kind of work.

I remember how wonderful it was to finally have power and be able to take a nice bath after a week spent in the heat cleaning up our damaged house after the typhoon I mentioned earlier. After 3.11 it very different as it was very cold without the power to run our heating and we hesitated to cook hot food as we didn’t know how long our propane would last or when any shipments would be able to get up to us.

Every disaster has its own set of things lacking or unusable and temperature factors due to season/location etc. When preparing emergency supplies it’s a good idea to try and imagine any and every possible combination of circumstances, even though it’s impossible to be 100% prepared for everything.

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Power back at my house around 11am !

Feel good...

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