Typhoon Trami lashed southwest Japan on Sunday (Sept 30), causing power cuts at nearly 400,000 buildings and triggering flight cancellations.
Kansai International Airport, which serves the greater Osaka area in western Japan, closed two runways from 11am on Sunday through 6am on Monday to prepare for the possible impact of Trami, according to a statement on its website.
The typhoon may approach central Japan later tonight, affecting Tokyo into Monday, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
Trami, the 24th typhoon of the season, swept the southern islands of Okinawa and Kyushu on Sunday morning, with winds gusts of up to 222km per hour, according to the agency. The tropical cyclone is classified as a "very strong" typhoon, the second-highest on the Japan Meteorological Agency scale.
About 195,000 sites had power blackouts as of 11am on Sunday in the southern Kyushu region, according to Kyushu Electric Power, while over 200,000 homes and offices lost power in the Okinawa area as of 10am, according to Okinawa Electric Power.
There have been more than 900 flight cancellations announced by various airlines on Sunday, affecting more than 70,000 passengers, Kyodo reported.
Trami follows on the heels of several large typhoons to hit major Asian population centres this month, including Jebi, which forced the closure of Kansai International Airport.
Forty eight people have been injured on the island of Okinawa and the prefecture of Kagoshima in Kyushu, according to national broadcaster NHK. The bullet train service between Kumamoto and central Kagoshima was also halted, according to the Kyushu Railway.
سایت تابناک از انتشار نظرات حاوی توهین و افترا و نوشته شده با حروف لاتین (فینگیلیش) معذور است.