Photo/IllutrationA notice is put up at JR Tokyo Station in the capital to announce that the last bullet train of Sept. 8 was moved up due to the approaching Typhoon No. 15 (The Asahi Shimbun)

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Powerful typhoon No. 15 packing strong winds and heavy rain is snarling train and other transportation services in and around the Tokyo metropolitan area on Sept. 8 as it is expected to make landfall in the Kanto region between that evening and Sept. 9.

East Japan Railway Co. announced on Sept. 8 that it will cancel all services in the metropolitan area until around 8 a.m. from the first trains of Sept. 9, including the Yamanote, Saikyo, Keihin-Tohoku and Chuo lines. The operator said as soon as the safety of railway tracks is confirmed, services will resume.

Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) plans to reduce its bullet train services to and from Tokyo after 6 p.m. on Sept. 8.

The company will cancel services between Tokyo and Mishima, Shizuoka Prefecture, after 10 p.m. the same day.

Tokai Kisen Co., operator of ferry and other sightseeing boats, decided to call off the service of a pleasure boat visiting the Rainbow Bridge and the Odaiba waterfront district in the Tokyo Bay scheduled for the night of Sept. 8.

The company also decided to cancel two boats scheduled to leave Takeshiba Pier in Tokyo on the night of Sept. 8 bound for the Miyakejima and Oshima islands, south of Tokyo.

All Nippon Airways Co. is accepting changes and refunds for reserved flights from and to Narita and Haneda airports from noon on Sept. 8 to the last flights on Sept. 9 and foregoing change fees.

Japan Airlines Co. will take a similar approach for services from and to Narita and Haneda airports between the afternoon of Sept. 8 and the morning of Sept. 9.

As of 5 p.m., the typhoon was traveling about 150 kilometers south-southwest of Izu-Oshima island at a speed of 30 kph in a northwesterly direction.

The typhoon had a central atmospheric pressure reading of 965 hectopascals and was whipping up winds of 144 kph at its center with maximum wind gusts of 216 kph.

Heavy rain with thunderstorm was expected in eastern Japan. Estimated rainfall for the 24-hour period until noon on Sept. 9 is up to 150 millimeters in the Tohoku region and 300 mm in the Tokai and Kanto-Koshin regions.