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Typhoon bears down on Japan, areas hit by previous storm

01 October 2018, 12:09 | Tara Lloyd

CWB model of Typhoon Trami's projected path

CWB model of Typhoon Trami's projected path

Typhoon Trami was the equivalent of Category 2 hurricane when it passed over the Ryukyu Islands late Friday.

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

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

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

The storm destroyed power lines on the southern islands of Okinawa on Saturday.

Shinkansen service between Tokyo, Shin-Osaka and Hiroshima stations will be halted Sunday afternoon as the typhoon is expected to affect the areas, bullet train operators said. (JR Tokai) also made a decision to stop Kodama Shinkansen services from 5 p.m. Sunday, after halting services of the Nozomi and Hikari bullet trains earlier in the day. Tokyo Metro announced it would suspend operation of some subway trains from 9 p.m.

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Japan has been hit by a series of typhoons this year, including Typhoon Prapiroon, which brought downpours and caused floods and mudslides in western Japan.

At mid-morning Sunday, Trami was accelerating northeast, skimming the south coasts of Kyushu and Shikoku Islands.

Weather conditions forced Japanese airlines to cancel at least 386 flights to and from Naha Airport in Okinawa, public broadcaster NHK reported.

Trami tore through the southern island of Okinawa on Saturday, bringing winds strong enough to flip over cars.

Many flights and trains services were cancelled as the storm moved eastward.

The typhoon is not expected to hit the capital head on but strong winds and heavy rain are still feared from later Sunday and some businesses were already putting up shutters and hunkering down.

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The typhoon was expected to pick up speed and maintain its strong force while possibly making landfall in western Japan on September 30.

Packing maximum gusts of 216 kilometres (134 miles) per hour, Trami was expected to travel over most of the archipelago, weakening slightly but causing extreme weather into Monday, forecasters said.

People battle strong winds in Nagoya, central Japan, on Sunday.

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

Violent gusts swept away roof tiles on some houses in Kochi city in western Japan.

The typhoon has already led to flight cancellations and power outages in several cities.

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Kansai International Airport, which serves the greater Osaka area in western Japan, closed two runways from 11am on Sunday through to 6am on Monday to prepare for the possible impact of Trami, according to a statement on its website.



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