Powerful Typhoon Nears Tokyo after Losing Some Strength

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Ship washed ashore caused by Typhoon Trami is seen at a port in Yonabaru, on the southern island of Okinawa
A person reacts to the weather as ship washed ashore caused by Typhoon Trami is seen at a port in Yonabaru, on the southern island of Okinawa, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 29, 2018. Kyodo via REUTERS
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TOKYO (Reuters) 

A powerful typhoon headed towards Tokyo late Sunday night after battering western Japan with heavy rain and strong winds, snarling air and land traffic, causing power outages, and forcing evacuations from areas still recovering from recent typhoons

Typhoon Trami lost some strength after making landfall near Tanabe City, 450 km (280 miles) southwest of Tokyo, earlier in the evening, prompting the Japan Meteorological Agency to downgrade it to a “strong” typhoon from an “extremely strong” one.

Kansai International Airport in Osaka, western Japan, which was heavily flooded by a typhoon in early September, said it had closed its runways from 11 a.m. (0200 GMT) on Sunday until 6 a.m. on Monday. The airport only fully reopened on Sept. 21.

 

Passersby using umbrellas struggle against strong wind and rain caused by Typhoon Trami in Nagoya
Passersby using umbrellas struggle against strong wind and rain caused by Typhoon Trami in Nagoya, central Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 30, 2018. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

 

Airlines cancelled more than 1,200 flights, public broadcaster NHK said. 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.

East Japan Railway said it would halt all train services in the Tokyo metropolitan area from 8 p.m. on Sunday and operations of some bullet trains were also suspended. Tokyo Metro announced it would suspend operation of some subway trains from 9 p.m.

 

 

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.

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. More than 80 people were injured, it also said.

 

Fallen trees are seen along a road due to heavy rain and wind caused by typhoon Trami in Uruma
Fallen trees are seen along a road due to heavy rain and wind caused by typhoon Trami in Uruma, Japan in this September 29, 2018 photo by @MRSCOONSEY.C. INSTAGRAM @MRSCOONSEY.C/Social Media/via REUTERS

 

Japan Meteorological Agency issued warnings of landslides and flooding from possible storm surges.

Typhoon Trami, rated category 1 by Tropical Storm Risk, with category 5 the highest, was near central Japan’s industrial city of Nagoya as of 10:00 p.m. (1300 GMT), and the Japan Meteorological Agency expects it will have moved past Tokyo and the surrounding region by early Monday morning.

In early September, 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 International Airport, taking it out of service for days.

 

(Reporting by Kaori Kaneko, Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Michael Perry and Adrian Croft)

 

A damaged building is seen ahead of Typhoon Trami in Okinawa, Japan in this still frame taken from social media dated September 30, 2018
A damaged building is seen ahead of Typhoon Trami in Okinawa City, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan in this still frame taken from social media dated September 30, 2018. TWITTER @OKI_HIBISCUS/via REUTERS

 

Video grab shows heavy rain and wind caused by Typhoon Trami in Okinawa
Video grab shows heavy rain and wind caused by Typhoon Trami in Okinawa, Japan in this September 29, 2018 photo by @KAZU.KTOMSN. INSTAGRAM @KAZU.KTOMSN/Social Media/via REUTERS

 

Uprooted trees and floodwaters are seen ahead of Typhoon Trami at Miyazaki City, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan in this still frame taken from social media video
Uprooted trees and floodwaters are seen ahead of Typhoon Trami at Miyazaki City, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan in this still frame taken from social media video dated September 30, 2018. Twitter @TOMATO_DREAMIN/ via REUTERS

 

Uprooted trees and floodwaters are seen ahead of Typhoon Trami at Miyazaki City, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan in this still frame taken from social media video
Uprooted trees and floodwaters are seen ahead of Typhoon Trami at Miyazaki City, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan in this still frame taken from social media video dated September 30, 2018. Twitter @TOMATO_DREAMIN/ via REUTERS

 

Rough waves, heavy rain and strong winds are seen ahead of Typhoon Trami at Tarumizu Lake, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan in this still frame taken from social media video
Rough waves, heavy rain and strong winds are seen ahead of Typhoon Trami at Tarumizu Lake, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan in this still frame taken from social media video dated September 30, 2018. Twitter @ENOSHIMA_ONSEN/ via REUTERS

 

A vehicle damaged by heavy rain and wind caused by Typhoon Trami is seen along a road in Uruma
A vehicle damaged by heavy rain and wind caused by Typhoon Trami is seen along a road in Uruma, Japan in this September 29, 2018 photo by @MRSCOONSEY.C. INSTAGRAM @MRSCOONSEY.C/Social Media/via REUTERS

 

Almost empty Kansai International Airport is seen after being shut down the service due to Typhoon Trami in Izumisano, Japan
Almost empty Kansai International Airport is seen after being shut down the service due to Typhoon Trami in Izumisano, Osaka prefecture, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 30, 2018. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

 

A passenger checks a message board announcing last train services ending earlier due to Typhoon Trami, at East Japan Railway Company's station in Tokyo
A passenger checks a message board announcing last train services ending earlier due to Typhoon Trami, at East Japan Railway Company’s station in Tokyo, Japan, September 30, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato

 

A note written in several languages, announcing last train services ending earlier due to Typhoon Trami, is displayed at East Japan Railway Company's station in Tokyo
A note written in several languages, announcing last train services ending earlier due to Typhoon Trami, is displayed at East Japan Railway Company’s station in Tokyo, Japan, September 30, 2018. REUTERS/Issei Kato

 

A collapsed building is seen due to heavy rain and wind caused by typhoon Trami in Okinawa
A collapsed building is seen due to heavy rain and wind caused by typhoon Trami in Okinawa city, Japan in this September 29, 2018 photo by @MURA_SHINGO. Twitter @MURA_SHINGO/Social Media/via REUTERS

 

Rough waves, heavy rain and strong winds are seen ahead of Typhoon Trami at Tarumizu Lake, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan in this still frame taken from social media video
Rough waves, heavy rain and strong winds are seen ahead of Typhoon Trami at Tarumizu Lake, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan in this still frame taken from social media video dated September 30, 2018. Twitter @ENOSHIMA_ONSEN/ via REUTERS

 

Uprooted trees and floodwaters are seen ahead of Typhoon Trami at Miyazaki City, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan in this still frame taken from social media video
Uprooted trees and floodwaters are seen ahead of Typhoon Trami at Miyazaki City, Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan in this still frame taken from social media video dated September 30, 2018. Twitter @TOMATO_DREAMIN/ via REUTERS

 

 

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