Powerful typhoon batters Okinawa, churns to Japan mainland

'Very strong' typhoon Trami churns towards Japan - The Jakarta Post

Typhoon Trami lashed south-west Japan on Sunday (Sept 30), causing power cuts at almost 400,000 buildings and triggering flight cancellations.

After raking the outlying islands, the typhoon is forecast to pick up speed and approach western Japan on Sunday, remaining very strong as it barrels over the mainland. 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, western Japan, which was heavily flooded by a typhoon last month, said it had closed its runways from 11 a.m. (0200 GMT) Sunday until 6 a.m. Monday.

At least 82 people were injured in 16 prefectures, according to Kyodo News tallies.

More than 1,000 flights have been cancelled, affecting over 100,000 passengers.

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. (JR West) suspended all services on the Shin-Osaka-Hiroshima section of the Sanyo Shinkansen Line on September 30 after the westbound Nozomi No. 103 superexpress arrived at Hiroshima at 12:50 p.m. and all commuter trains in the Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe areas by noon, according to its website. Tokyo Metro announced it would suspend operation of some subway trains from 9 p.m.

Trami was already causing massive disruption and power failures on southern Japan's Ryukyu archipelago Saturday and was expected to move into the country's main island of Honshu later in the weekend.

The typhoon is projected to hit regions ravaged earlier this month by Typhoon Jebi, which caused landslides and floods and temporarily shut Kansai International Airport.

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.

The typhoon was coming very close to the southern part of Kyushu in southern Japan in the morning of September 30 and was dumping torrential rain in the area. Train service in Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe districts, as well as the bullet train between Tokyo and western Japan, will be suspended through portions of Sunday, NHK said.

"We are urging our residents to stay vigilant against the typhoon", he told AFP.

Trami comes at the end of a summer of disasters in Japan that included Jebi, flooding and heatwaves.

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