Published: Mon, October 01, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Dozens hurt as typhoon Trami hammers Japan

Dozens hurt as typhoon Trami hammers Japan

Bullet trains running between the two western Japan cities of Osaka and Hiroshima will suspend operations Sunday morning in anticipation of heavy rain and wind, operator West Japan Railway said on Saturday.

Churning north across Okinawa on Saturday, Trami is then predicted to move across the islands of Kyushu and the main island of Honshu on Sunday, a path similar to that taken by typhoon Jebi early in September.

Deadly record rains also hit western Japan earlier this year and the country sweltered through one of the hottest summers on record. Okinawa's electric authority said power had been lost to more than 250,000 homes and more than 200,000 were still without electricity and water as of 10:46 a.m. Sunday.

Some 700 people were evacuated to shelters in Okinawa and electricity was cut to almost 200,000 homes, public broadcaster NHK said.

At least 51 people were injured in southern Japan, it said.

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.

At least 84 people suffered minor injuries, many hurt by windows shattered in the driving wind, and one woman in her 60s was reported missing amid fears she was swept into a gutter.

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Sangyo Shinkansen bullet train service between Shin-Osaka and Hiroshima stations will also be suspended on September 30, with the last scheduled run from Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima to be the Nozomi No. 103 slated to leave Shin-Osaka Station at 11:25 a.m.

Both airline groups cancelled all flights to and from Naha, Ishigaki and Miyako airports in Okinawa Prefecture.

The storm was forecast to smash into the mainland near Osaka and churn across the Japanese archipelago, likely hitting areas still recovering from a series of extreme weather events that have battered Japan in recent months.

"We are urging our residents to stay vigilant against the typhoon", he told AFP. The terminal building was closed for the day and the monorail as well as bus service to the airport were also suspended.

Strong winds and downpours could trigger landslides and floods as well as lightning strikes and tornados across the nation, said the agency, warning that waves and wind could reach record levels.

It's the strongest typhoon to make landfall in Japan in 25 years.

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

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