Published: Mon, October 01, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Powerful typhoon nears Tokyo after losing some strength

Powerful typhoon nears Tokyo after losing some strength

A powerful typhoon hurtled toward Japan's mainland Sunday after injuring dozens on southern islands, as weather officials warned that fierce winds and torrential rain could trigger landslides and floods.

Trami is then predicted to move across the islands of Kyushu and the main island of Honshu on Sunday, a path similar to that taken by Typhoon Jebi early in September. 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.

Typhoon Trami made landfall on Sunday at 20:00 local time (11:00 GMT) near the western city of Osaka, with gusts of up to 216 km/h (134 mph).

A woman in her 60s went missing in Miyazaki prefecture, southern Japan, after she was washed away in a paddy irrigation channel, according to NHK.

The island's main carrier, China Air Lines (CAL), was canceling Sunday's flights CI156/157 and CI172/173 between Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and Kansai, flights CI166/167 between Kaohsiung and Kansai, and flights 178/179 between Taoyuan and Takamatsu, according to the Apple Daily.

Nearly 1000 domestic flights were cancelled by airlines in Japan on Sunday morning, with more expected.

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.

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

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

Typhoon Jebi, the most powerful storm to hit Japan in 25 years, brought some of the highest tides since a 1961 typhoon and flooded Kansai airport near Osaka, taking it out of service for days.

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.

At least 84 people suffered minor injuries.

If the forecast holds, it will be the latest in a series of extreme natural events to strike Japan.

Deadly record rains also hit western Japan earlier this year and the country sweltered through one of the hottest summers on record.

Trami is now heading towards Japan's northeast. Most of local trains and bullet trains in western areas will suspend operations on Sunday, operator West Japan Railway said.

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