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Typhoon blackouts reveal weak points in Tokyo utility Tepco

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Typhoon Faxai knocked over power poles and fences in Ichihara, Chiba. A more powerful storm, Super Typhoon Hagibis, is due to hit Tokyo on Oct 12 (Kyodo)    © Kyodo

CHIBA, Japan -- Staring at the aftermath of one of the most powerful typhoons to hit Japan in recent memory, Eiichi Ubukata was left stunned.

The 61-year-old doctor was at his clinic in Chiba, just east of Tokyo, to find the entrance blocked by the downed powerlines. Typhoon Faxai, which struck on Sept. 9, had blown off roofs, brought down communication lines and left 900,000 homes without power.

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