Blackout Continues In Chiba

Blackout continues in Chiba

Over 130,000 households in Chiba Prefecture remain without power as of Sunday noon, almost one week after a powerful typhoon. But Tokyo Electric Power Company says work to restore electricity may have to be suspended depending on weather conditions.

TEPCO cites the need to ensure safety, as localized thunderstorms are forecast from Sunday night through Monday.

The utility earlier said it would restore power in most parts of the cities of Chiba, Ichihara and Kisarazu by Monday, and by September 27 in southern parts of the prefecture, including the cities of Minamiboso and Tateyama.

Now TEPCO says restoring power may take longer in some districts, as workers are repairing damaged facilities and confirming the stability of the power supply.

The power outages are also affecting parcel deliveries, as courier services cannot use refrigerators at their storage facilities. Yamato Transport and Sagawa Express have stopped accepting refrigerated and frozen items.

The companies say deliveries of general parcels are also being delayed in areas where traffic lights remain out of order.

In some parts of Chiba, mobile phone connectivity remains poor due to the typhoon. Some carriers are deploying mobile base stations to keep their networks running.