Tepco: No Prospect Of Complete Power Restoration

TEPCO: No prospect of complete power restoration

Hundreds of thousands of households and businesses are still without power near Tokyo, days after the area was slammed by Typhoon Faxai.

Tokyo Electric Power Company issued an update early Wednesday on efforts to restore electricity in Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures.

TEPCO Power Grid President Yoshinori Kaneko said, "I'm sorry that the power has been out for such a long time. But there's no prospect of a complete restoration on Wednesday."

The company says it has been working through the night to restore power but thunderstorms slowed the repairs.

As of 1 p.m. on Wednesday, more than 430,000 households and businesses were without power in Chiba prefecture, and 3,800 in Kanagawa.

The blackout may have played a role in at least two deaths, as temperatures topped 30 degrees.

A 93-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man died of suspected heatstroke in their homes on Tuesday. Neither had power.

With no end in sight, officials in one city have set up an emergency shelter for pregnant women and the disabled.

On Wednesday morning, the local city hall was packed with people charging their mobile devices.

Weather officials say they don't expect the high temperatures to let up. They're advising people to take whatever precautions they can against the heat.