Typhoon Trami injures 45, direct hit on Japan mainland expected

Typhoon Trami injures 45, direct hit on Japan mainland expected

Typhoon Trami injures 45, direct hit on Japan mainland expected

Trami, the 24th typhoon of the season in the Pacific and classified as "very strong", was situated around 80 km southwest of Naha at 11.45 a.m. on Saturday, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Packing maximum gusts of 216 kilometres (134 miles) per hour near its centre, Trami was forecast to hit the mainland later Sunday and travel over most of the archipelago, causing extreme weather into Monday, forecasters said.

As of 7 p.m. on September 30, the typhoon was situated about 90 kilometers west of Cape Shionomisaki in the western Japan prefecture of Wakayama, and was moving northeast at 50 kilometers per hour.

Japan's main two airlines JAL and ANA have already started to cancel some domestic flights, scrapping more than 100 between them to the islands.

Kansai International Airport in Osaka, which was temporarily crippled by a typhoon earlier in the month, was closed and plans to reopen on Monday, the airport said.

Bullet train and other rail services were suspended while the storm passed.

After pummelling Japan's outlying islands including Okinawa, the storm made landfall south of the city of Osaka in the western part of the country around 8:00 pm local time (1100 GMT).

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West Japan Railway was to suspend local train services in Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe districts from Sunday morning, and the Shinkansen bullet train was also to be halted. Typhoon No. 21 in early September flooded the runways at Kansai International Airport and led to thousands of passengers being stranded overnight.

Japan issued evacuation orders and warnings to about 700,000 households in southern and western Japan.

East Japan Railway Co. shut down all of its train services in the Tokyo Metropolitan area around 8 p.m.

Strong wind knocked down trees, blew off an outer wall from a building and left nine people injured in Okinawa.

Some western regions are still recovering from Typhoon Jebi in early September, the most powerful typhoon to strike the country in a quarter of a century.

The typhoon is not expected to hit the capital head-on but strong winds and heavy rain are still feared from later Sunday.

Also in September, a magnitude 6.6 natural disaster rocked the northern island of Hokkaido, sparking landslides and leaving more than 40 people dead.

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