Typhoon Trami: Tokyo Train Service Halted


A powerful typhoon pounded Japan's mainland Sunday, September 30, after injuring dozens on outlying islands, bringing transport grinding to a halt and triggering warnings of fierce winds, torrential rain, landslides and floods.

Moreover, the Ryukyu Islands from Okinawa northward and regions from southern Kyushu to Shikoku and south-central Honshu are expected to experience the most severe impacts.

Evacuation orders and advisories were issued for at least 1.7 million households nationwide, said NHK, adding that more than 37,000 households in and around Tokyo were without power. Typhoon No. 21 in early September flooded the runways at Kansai International Airport and led to thousands of passengers being stranded overnight.

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

The path of Typhoon Trami is seen on a monitor at Osaka station, in Osaka, western Japan.

More than 300,000 households have suffered power outages in southern Okinawa and Kagoshima prefectures, said public NHK television, adding almost 50 people had been injured in Okinawa and Kagoshima. More than 80 people were injured, it also said.

Category 2 Typhoon Trami is the latest storm to threaten Japan.

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Trami is the latest in a string of extreme natural events in Japan, which has suffered typhoons, flooding, earthquakes and heatwaves in recent months, claiming scores of lives and causing extensive damage.

Bullet trains and rail lines from western Japan through to Tokyo were shut down as a precaution on Sunday but were up and running again on Monday morning.

More than 750,000 homes lost power.

Storm surges are forecast to hit coastal areas along the typhoon's route, including the bays of Osaka, Ise and Mikawa in western and central Japan.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said the typhoon could possibly make landfall on the main islands Sunday afternoon, which would make Trami the fifth typhoon to hit the country's main islands since July.

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.