Powerful typhoon Trami batters Okinawa island, churns to Japan mainland

Larry Hoffman
October 1, 2018

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.

On Monday, NHK reported that a further 200 flights were cancelled.

Trami was already causing massive disruption and power failures on southern Japan's Ryukyu archipelago Saturday and was expected to move into the country's main island of Honshu later in the weekend.

A ship washes ashore at a port in Yonabaru, Okinawa Prefecture.

Evacuation orders were issued for hundreds of thousands of people over a widespread area, including more than 250,000 people in the city of Tokushima on the island of Shikoku, the national broadcaster NHK reported.

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

Kansai Airports, operator of Kansai International Airport, said that all runways would be closed between 11 a.m. on September 30 and 6 a.m. on October 1.

As the typhoon barrelled east, rail authorities took the highly unusual step of cancelling evening train services in Tokyo, one of the world's busiest networks, urging passengers to shelter indoors when the storm hits. The terminal building was closed for the day and the monorail as well as bus service to the airport were also suspended.

The path of Typhoon Trami is seen on a monitor at Osaka station, in Osaka, western Japan. The airport only fully reopened on September 21.

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.

West Japan Railway was to suspend local train services in Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe districts from Sunday morning, and the Shinkansen bullet train was also to be halted.

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 airport near Osaka, taking it out of service for days.

The storm has been moving north-northeast at a speed of around 15 miles per hour, Japan Meteorological Agency said.

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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