Powerful Typhoon Trami batters western Japan, churns towards Tokyo

NOAA satellite image of Typhoon Trami

And most of local trains and bullet trains in western areas will suspend operations on Sunday, operator West Japan Railway said. Typhoon No. 21 in early September flooded the runways at Kansai International Airport and led to thousands of passengers being stranded overnight.

Images received by Stars and Stripes from around the island revealed devastation of all sorts: Flooding caused by storm surge along the coastline, damaged vessels, overturned vehicles, trees, power lines and branches blown down and buildings damaged and collapsed.

Airlines canceled more than 1,100 flights, public broadcaster NHK said.

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.

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. The central atmospheric pressure was 950 hectopascals, with maximum wind speed of 162 kph and a maximum instantaneous wind velocity of 216 kph.

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The typhoon did not hit the capital head-on but Tokyo still saw fearsome winds and lashing rain later Sunday and the streets of one of the world's biggest cities were deserted. The Tohoku and Hokuriku regions in northern Japan is expected to face winds of 30 m/s (108 kph) and the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido with winds of 25 m/s (90 kph).

NHK warned of waves of up to 13 metres on the western coast.

Precipitation over the 24-hour period ending 6 p.m. on October 1 is estimated to reach up to 300 millimeters in the Kinki, Tokai and Kanto-Koshinetsu regions, 250 millimeters in Hokuriku, 200 millimeters in Shikoku, 180 millimeters in Tohoku and 150 millimeters in the Chugoku and Hokkaido regions of western and northern Japan. I stepped outside the city hall in the afternoon, and the rain was swirling in very strong wind. Legoland Japan in Nagoya and Universal Studios Japan in Osaka are closed on September 30.

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.

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