Dozens hurt as typhoon Trami hammers Japan

Joint Typhoon Warning Center map of Typhoon Trami's projected path

Joint Typhoon Warning Center map of Typhoon Trami's projected path

Typhoon Trami, rated Category 2, is the latest storm to threaten Japan in a year of grim weather-related woes, including punishing heat, heavy rains and landslides. This powerful typhoon is now equal to a Category 3 major hurricane in the Atlantic or East Pacific Ocean.

The typhoon is expected to move up the country in a north-easterly direction over Sunday and into Monday. For those living in coastal communities and in flood-prone areas should pay attention to local authorities and heed evacuation orders.

This ship washed ashore due to the typhoon at a port in Yonabaru, on the southern island of Okinawa.

Images from the International Space Station posted on Twitter by astronaut Alexander Gerst on Tuesday showed Trami's enormous eye which he said was "as if somebody pulled the planet's big plug".

Typhoon Trami lost some strength after making landfall near Tanabe City, 450 km (280 miles) southwest of Tokyo, earlier in the evening, prompting the Japan Meteorological Agency to downgrade it to a "strong" typhoon from an "extremely strong" one.

After pummeling Japan's outlying islands including Okinawa, the storm made landfall south of the city of Osaka in the western part of the country around 8:00 pm local time (1100 GMT).

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. Central Japan may be hit by record winds and there is the risk of record high waves in the Tokai area, where Nagoya is located and Toyota Motor Corp.is based.

Airlines canceled more than 1,100 flights, public broadcaster NHK said. The terminal building was closed for the day and the monorail as well as bus service to the airport were also suspended.

More than 1,000 flights have been cancelled, affecting over 100,000 passengers.

The typhoon is expected to retain all its force as it approaches western Japan, and will likely make landfall around the Kii Peninsula in Wakayama Prefecture on the evening of September 30.

The typhoon wrecked plans for candidates running in the Okinawa prefectural gubernatorial election to be held on September 30.

West Japan Railway Co.

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

Bullet trains and other train lines were shutting down while the storm passed.

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