The 24th typhoon of this year is forecast to bring storms, heavy rain and high waves to extensive parts of the country on September 30 and October 1."It is one of the strongest typhoons we have faced". This powerful typhoon is now equal to a Category 3 major hurricane in the Atlantic or East Pacific Ocean. For those living in coastal communities and in flood-prone areas should pay attention to local authorities and heed evacuation orders.
As of noon September 29, the typhoon was about 40 kilometers south-southeast of Okinawa's Kumejima island and moving northward at a speed of 20 kph.
A powerful typhoon is battering Japan, causing widespread travel disruption. Travelling via air, rail and roads may also get shut down for the time being.
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.
The storm cut power to about 200,000 homes on Japan's southern islands, and uprooted tress and overturned vehicles as it pummeled Okinawa city.
After raking the outlying islands, the typhoon is forecast to pick up speed and approach western Japan on Sunday "with a very strong force" as it barrels over the mainland, he added.
Violent gusts and heavy rain made it impossible to venture outside, said Yuji Ueno, an official in the town of Shirahama in Wakayama prefecture, which was forecast to be right in Trami's path.
Deadly record rains also hit western Japan earlier this year and the country sweltered through one of the hottest summers on record.
Weather conditions forced Japanese airlines to cancel at least 386 flights to and from Naha Airport in Okinawa, public broadcaster NHK reported.
"The airport is closed". Services on the Okinawa Urban Monorail line between Naha Airport and Shuri were suspended throughout the day.
Tigerair Taiwan was canceling four flights Sunday, IT284 from Kaohsiung to Kansai, IT211 from Kansai to Taoyuan, and flights IT8268/8269 between Kaohsiung and Nagoya.
West Japan Railway Co.
Shinkansen bullet train services between Hiroshima and Tokyo will gradually be suspended through the morning as the typhoon moves northeastward. The number of train operated on the Hiroshima-Hakata section on the bullet train line will be reduced on September 30. Some Tokyo train lines stopped running even before 8 p.m. Sunday, with the central Tokyo Yamanote loop line and others halting at 8 p.m., according to notices on the East Japan Railway website.
The disaster is affecting theme parks as well.