Some Homes To Remain Without Power On Wednesday

Some homes to remain without power on Wednesday

Tokyo Electric Power Company says blackouts caused by Typhoon Faxai will continue on Wednesday in some areas near Tokyo.

TEPCO Power Grid President Yoshinori Kaneko offered an update early Wednesday on efforts to restore power to more than 448,000 households and businesses in Chiba Prefecture and 6,000 in Kanagawa.

The utility had said earlier that it expected to reduce the number of units affected to about 120,000 by Tuesday night.

But Kaneko said thunderstorms and less-efficient nighttime work had hampered repair efforts. He said it wouldn't be possible to completely restore power by Wednesday.

Kaneko attributed the prolonged blackout to the unprecedented scale of the typhoon, and the damage done to multiple facilities throughout Chiba.

A 93-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man died of suspected heatstroke in their homes in the prefecture on Tuesday. Their homes were without power.