Toyota resumes Japan producton after typhoon

A collapsed road is seen following torrential rain caused by typhoon Lan in Kishiwada, Japan.

UPDATED: 10/23/17 3:28 am ET – new story

TOKYO — Toyota said it was operating second shifts as normal at its Japanese plants on Monday, after suspending first shifts as a typhoon precaution.

Toyota temporarily suspended production at all of its assembly plants in Japan, including those of its subsidiaries as a precautionary measure as a powerful typhoon approached the Japanese mainland.

Three people were reported killed, hundreds of plane flights cancelled, and train services disrupted in the wake of Typhoon Lan, which had maintained intense strength until virtually the time it made landfall west of Tokyo in the early hours of Monday.

Rivers burst their banks in several parts of Japan and fishing boats were tossed up on land. A container ship was stranded after being swept onto a harbor wall but all 19 crew members escaped injury.

Some 80,000 people in Koriyama, a city 124 miles north of Tokyo, were ordered to evacuate as a river neared the top of its banks, broadcaster NHK said, and several hundred houses in western Japan were flooded.

Lan had weakened to a category 2 storm when it made landfall early on Monday, sideswiping Tokyo, after powering north for days as an intense category 4 storm, according to the Tropical Storm Risk monitoring site.

Lan is the Marshall islands word for “storm.”

The center of the storm was out in the Pacific northeast of Tokyo on Monday afternoon and it was moving northeast 47 mph, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. It was expected to become a tropical depression on Tuesday.

Around 350 flights were cancelled and train services disrupted over a wide area of Japan, although most commuter trains were running smoothly in Tokyo.