Typhoon Trami Rips Into Japan

Powerful typhoon Trami batters Okinawa island, churns to Japan mainland

Typhoon Trami to threaten lives and property in Japan

Two people were killed and more than 100 others injured after a powerful typhoon struck Japan, bringing heavy rains and strong winds and causing widespread destruction early Monday.

Kansai International Airport in Osaka in western Japan said it had opened its runways as scheduled at 6 a.m. (2100 GMT Sunday), after being closed since 11 a.m. on Sunday.

Trami is expected to hit Tokyo late Sunday, and slam northern Japan on Monday.

Typhoon Trami has already sparked travel disruption in the world's third-biggest economy, with bullet train services in the west of Japan suspended and nearly 1,000 flights cancelled due to the closure of a key airport hub. Trami also caused power outages in more than 30 towns, according to public broadcaster NHK.

The turmoil continued Monday, as fallen powerlines and trees blocked railway tracks and around 200 flights remained grounded.

The Japanese meteorological agency issued a special warning of landslides and floods in Kagoshima and Chiba, while saying heavy rain seen once in half a century has been monitored in Yakushima island, southern Kagoshima.

Huge crowds built up at Tokyo train stations, where people battled for spots in jam-packed commuter trains.

Churning north across Okinawa on Saturday, Trami is 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.

Local residents described "incredible winds and rain" that made it impossible to venture outside.

The capital avoided a direct hit in the storm, but still saw fearsome winds and lashing rain that left the streets deserted.

Last month's Typhoon Jebi, the most powerful storm to hit Japan in 25 years, brought some of the highest tides since a 1961 typhoon.

And last month, a magnitude-6.6 natural disaster rocked the northern island of Hokkaido, sparking landslides and killing more than 40 people. The government has ordered the evacuation of more than 7 lakh households in the country's southern and western parts.

Several houses were flooded or damaged and at least 40 people on the island had minor injuries but no one was feared dead, local officials said.

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