TOKYO, JAPAN (TiffinOhio.net News) — Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz shared an update early Monday morning on social media from Japan.
Typhoon Faxai made landfall near Tokyo, disrupting morning commute and cutting off power to about 900,000 homes.
Prior to the storm making landfall, Montz posted an update Sunday morning to Facebook notifying those back home that he was in the “direct line of fire” for the storm.
“Luckily Japan is well prepared for these sort of storms due to them hitting on a frequent basis. Batten down the hatches!,” Montz exclaimed.
Montz then posted on a quick update on social media early Monday morning after the storm made its way through the area he is staying.
“Definitely was the strongest storm I’ve ever been through. Picture some of the worst thunderstorms we get hit with in Ohio only this one lasted about 8 hours straight,” Montz said. “Would have been a category 3 hurricane in the U.S.”
Definitely was the strongest storm I’ve ever been through. Picture some of the worst thunderstorms we get hit with in Ohio only this one lasted about 8 hours straight. Would have been a category 3 hurricane in the U.S. #TyphoonFaxai https://t.co/rInnZY3aIM
— Mayor Aaron Montz (@MayorMontz) September 9, 2019
Governor Mike DeWine and his wife Fran DeWine also joined Montz on the trip, as well as State Rep. Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) and Seneca County Commissioner Mike Kerschner.
The estimated budget for each official to travel to Japan is estimated to be anywhere from $5,000 to $6,000 of taxpayers’ money.
Paul Zito, Vice President for International Development with RGP Northwest Ohio, and David Zak, President & CEO of Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, are also in attendance.
Officials are expected to return to Ohio on Saturday, September 14.
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