Powerful Typhoon Trami hits Japan, injuring dozens

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A powerful typhoon sliced through Japan Sunday, injuring dozens, halting transport, and bringing fierce winds and torrential rain to areas already battered by a string of recent extreme weather episodes.

Outlying islands in the Okinawan chain, some 1,000 km (621 miles) southwest of Tokyo, were being pounded by heavy rain and high tides a day before an Okinawan gubernatorial election on Sunday.

Shinkansen bullet train services between Hiroshima and Tokyo will gradually be suspended through the morning as the typhoon moves northeastward. The strongest typhoon to hit Japan in 25 years, Jebi caused 11 deaths in and around Osaka.

At mid-morning Sunday, Trami was accelerating northeast, skimming the south coasts of Kyushu and Shikoku Islands.

A vehicle damaged by heavy rain and wind caused by Typhoon Trami is seen along a road in Uruma, Japan, Sept. 29, 2018, in this photo from social media.

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

If the forecast holds, it will be the latest in a series of extreme natural events to strike Japan.

Trami is moving at a speed of 20 kmph in a northerly direction, carrying wind gusts of up to 216 kmph, Efe news reported.

More than 750,000 households, mainly in western Japan have lost power, according to local utilities and mobile phone services suffered disruption.

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Winds of 202km/h are lashing Japan as Typhoon Trami wreaks havoc.

Strong winds knocked down trees, blew off an outer wall from a building and left nine people injured in Okinawa.

"We are urging our residents to stay vigilant against the typhoon", he told AFP.

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.

Violent gusts swept away roof tiles on some houses in Kochi city in western Japan.

Cities in the expected path of the typhoon were already taking measures to mitigate possible danger.

East Japan Railway Co. said it will suspend all train services on its lines in the Tokyo Metropolitan area after 8 p.m.

East Japan Railway stopped all train services in and around Tokyo at 8pm, shortly before the typhoon was to draw near the Japanese capital.

Kansai International Airport in Osaka, western Japan, which was heavily flooded by a typhoon last month, said it had closed its runways from 11 a.m. (0200 GMT) on Sunday until 6 a.m. on Monday.