Severe winter storm that started affecting eastern Japan on Saturday, February 8, dropped heavy snow, caused significant transportation problems and power outages. By Monday afternoon, February 10, the storm claimed the lives of 11 people. More than 1 200 were reported injured.
As much as 27 cm (10.6 inches) of snow fell on Tokyo by late Saturday, which is the most in 45 years, Japan's Meteorological Agency said. The same day, parts of tsunami-hit coastal region received more than 38 cm of snow. Tokyo averages only 11 cm (4.3 inches) of snow each year.
The storm caused power outages that affected 48 000 homes in the region surrounding Tokyo. The snow and ice were responsible for several traffic accidents in the prefectures of Ishikawa, Nagano and Aichi which resulted in 10 deaths, public television network NHK reported on Sunday.
Hundreds of flights have been canceled due to heavy winds. Some 290 000 passengers were affected by the delays the storm caused on the Tokaido and Sanyo bullet train lines that link Tokyo with the western portion of the island of Honshu.
The last time Tokyo picked up an 8-inch-plus snowstorm was February 12, 1994, said weather.com meteorologist Nick Wiltgen.
Video courtesy of WestPacWx – February 8, 2014
Video courtesy of TokyFashionNews – February 8, 2014
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