Powerful typhoon Trami hits southern Japan

A strong typhoon has come along with heavy rain and high winds as it entered southern Japan, resulting in flight cancellations and power outages in many cities.

Typhoon Trami, which is rated as a Category 2 typhoon, is known to be the latest storm to hit Japan within a year of grim weather-related woes, which includes punishing heat, massive rains and landslides.

Distant islands in the Okinawan chain, at about 1,000 km southwest of Tokyo, were struck by high tides and heavy rains on Saturday.

Winds along with gusts at a speed of 216 kph took apart trees, blew off a building’s outer wall and injured 17 people in Okinawa.

Local officials told that no one was found feared dead due to the storm.

Approximately 195,000 households got their electricity disconnected in Okinawa and nearby small islands, as reported by Okinawa Electric Power.

Public broadcaster NHK informed that over 380 flights were cancelled, primarily the ones flying in and out of Okinawa.

Moving toward north across the Okinawa on Saturday, Trami Typhoon is expected to move across the Kyushu Islands and the Honshu’s main island on Sunday, a path quite similar to that followed by typhoon Jebi early in September.

Jebi, which is known to be the most powerful storm to strike Japan in the past 25 years, brought some of the highest tides ever since a 1961 typhoon and flooded Kansai airport close to Osaka, making it unavailable for use for several days.

The 24th typhoon of the season “might create a catastrophe along with storm surges, high waves, powerful winds and massive rains,” an official said in a news conference on Friday in Naha, which is the capital of island.

As per the forecasters, Amami island was expected to receive a rainfall of up to 400mm, and Okinawa has a forecast of 250mm of rainfall by noon Sunday, and the storm could create waves up to 13 metres high around the regions.

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