Typhoon Trami pummels Japan, shutting down air and train travel

Typhoon Trami pummels Japan, shutting down air and train travel

Typhoon Trami pummels Japan, shutting down air and train travel

The weather agency warned people across Japan to be on alert for "violent winds, high waves, heavy rain".

A worker clears branches of a fallen tree affected by a typhoon in Naha, Okinawa prefecture, southern Japan. Evacuation orders were issued for tens of thousands of people over a widespread area, including more than 250,000 people in the city of Tokushima on the island of Shikoku, the national broadcaster NHK reported.

Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture closed its runways from 11 a.m. on September 30.

At least 386 flights were cancelled, mainly in western Japan, according to NHK.

Scores of flights serving major airports on Japan's main islands had already been canceled.

Trami will also likely bring strong winds of up to 40 m/s (144 kph) to the Tokai region in central Japan, and 35 m/s (126 kph) to northern Kyushu in southern Japan and the Kanto-Koshin region in eastern Japan, including Tokyo.

As of noon September 29, the typhoon was about 40 kilometers south-southeast of Okinawa's Kumejima island and moving northward at a speed of 20 kph. Tokyo Metro announced it would suspend operation of some subway trains from 9 p.m.

A vehicle passes past an uprooted tree due to strong winds generated by typhoon Trami in Itoman, southern island of Okinawa.

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All this comes on the heels of a country still reeling from one of the hottest summers on record, deadly rains that inundated central and western Japan, the strongest typhoon to hit the region in 25 years in Typhoon Jebi and a magnitude-6.6 natural disaster on Hokkaido that killed 40. The terminal building was closed for the day and the monorail as well as bus service to the airport were also suspended.

Japan Meteorological Agency issued warnings of landslides and flooding from possible storm surges.

No deaths were reported, but at least 52 people were injured as the storm passed.

The storm was forecast to smash into the mainland near Osaka and churn across the Japanese archipelago, likely hitting areas still recovering from a series of extreme weather events that have battered Japan in recent months.

It's the strongest typhoon to make landfall in Japan in 25 years.

Similar measures were taken for some shinkansen bullet train services, with Central Japan Railway Co. stopping all shinkansen trains between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka after 5 p.m. Services between Shin-Osaka and Hiroshima as well as many local railway services in western Japan were also halted.

"People in Okinawa are used to typhoons but we are strongly urging them to stay vigilant", he told AFP.

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