Tropical Storm Faxai was a short-lived storm that had minor effects on
land. The twentieth named storm of the 2007 Pacific typhoon season,
Faxai originated from a tropical depression over the open waters of the
western Pacific Ocean in late October. It quickly strengthened, becoming
a severe tropical storm on October 26 as it rapidly traveled towards
the northeast. It became extratropical the following day as it brushed
Japan. Although Faxai never made landfall, outer bands associated with
the storm produced torrential rains, amounting to 458 mm (18.0 in) on
Miyake-jima. A Japan Airlines flight to Narita Airport encountered
severe turbulence during the afternoon of October 27; one person
sustained serious injuries, five others received minor injuries, and the
plane was damaged. One person was killed near Tokyo as the storm passed
by, and three others were injured. The storm's remnants dissipated on
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