Winds batter Japan as Typhoon Trami heads towards Tokyo

Winds batter Japan as Typhoon Trami heads towards Tokyo

Kerry Wise
October 1, 2018

The typhoon made landfall in western Japan's Wakayama prefecture Sunday night, and strong winds and rain had already begun to affect Tokyo before midnight, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Typhoon No. 24 approached the southern Kyushu region Sunday morning and was expected to move past the Shikoku region and land on the Kii Peninsula on Sunday evening.

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

Western parts of Japan are still recovering from the most powerful typhoon to strike the country in a quarter of a century, that claimed 11 lives and shut down the main regional airport in early September.

The storm has disrupted air travel, with an unspecified number of flights suspended Sunday, according to public broadcaster NHK.

Trami, which at its height packed maximum gusts of 216 kilometers (134 miles) per hour, was expected to churn over most of the archipelago, weakening slightly but causing extreme weather into Monday, forecasters said. (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's train lines announced they were shutting down after 8 p.m. local time.

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Trami follows on the heels of several large typhoons to hit major Asian population centers this month, including Jebi, which forced the closure of Kansai International Airport.

Last month's Typhoon Jebi, the most powerful storm to hit Japan in 25 years, brought some of the highest tides since a 1961 typhoon. Kansai International Airport - on an island in Osaka Bay was closing its runways until Monday morning.

"We are strongly urging our residents to stay indoors because it is extremely risky to be outside now", Masaaki Tamaki, an official of Kagoshima's disaster management section, told AFP.

Photo taken on September 29, 2018, shows waves crashing on the coast of Yonabaru, Okinawa Prefecture, as typhoon Trami approaches Japan's southernmost prefecture. And most local trains and bullet trains in central and western areas suspended operations on Sunday, operators West Japan Railway and Central Japan Railway said.

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