Published: Mon, October 01, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Typhoon Trami injures 45, direct hit on Japan mainland expected

Typhoon Trami injures 45, direct hit on Japan mainland expected

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.

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

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) on Sunday until 6 a.m. on Monday.

Forty eight people have been injured on the island of Okinawa and the prefecture of Kagoshima in Kyushu, according to national broadcaster NHK.

About 320 domestic and worldwide flights into and out of Naha Airport were canceled for September 29.

Airlines cancelled or plan to cancel more than 930 flights, NHK said.

The typhoon is expected to move up the country in a north-easterly direction over Sunday and into Monday.

This ship washed ashore due to the typhoon at a port in Yonabaru, on the southern island of Okinawa. Tokyo Metro announced it would suspend operation of some subway trains from 9 p.m.

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The typhoon was now moving northwest slowly but was expected to turn eastward, coming very close to the islands of Okinawa and Amami on Saturday, the agency said in a statement.

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. ChannelNewsAsia.com reported that Kansai Airport, serving the Osaka-Kyoto-Kobe metroplex, would shut down its two runways at mid-morning as a precaution.

In total, 65 people have sustained minor injuries - mainly cuts from shattered glass - and one woman was reported missing in the Miyazaki region, which was drenched by record rainfall and suffered localised flooding.

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

Railway companies and airlines canceled services in central, eastern and western Japan.

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.

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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