Dozens injured, thousands without power as Typhoon Trami lashes Japan
More lives and property will be threatened as Typhoon Trami barrels across mainland Japan with destructive winds, flooding rain and an inundating storm surge through Monday.
"Trami will blast through mainland Japan into Monday," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.
Trami made landfall near Tanabe City in Wakayama Prefecture on Sunday evening. The strength of the storm at that time was equal to that of a Category 3 hurricane in the Atlantic or eastern Pacific oceans.
Winds gusted to 155 km/h (96 mph) at Shionomisaki along the prefecture's southern coast.
On Saturday, Trami slammed Okinawa and produced wind gusts over 160 km/h (100 mph). Winds gusted to 191 km/h (119 mph) at Naha and 202 km/h (126 mph) at Itokazu.
Strong winds are being blamed for injuring at least 80 people as of Sunday night, according to NHK. Broken glass caused some of the injuries; others were knocked down by the wind.
One person is missing in Miyazaki Prefecture, NHK reported. Police fear that the person fell into an irrigation channel while she was working in a paddy field.
About 200,000 homes have lost power, while 1,200 flights have been canceled.
Homes are reportedly inundated after a river overflowed its banks in a part of Miyazaki city.
Naha Airport on Okinawa was shut down on Saturday. The Kansai International Airport in Osaka is closing its two runways from midday Sunday to early Monday, NHK stated.
Trami is starting to lose wind intensity but remains a danger to residents across central and eastern Japan into Monday.
The storm will race across central and eastern Honshu into Sunday night with flooding rain and damaging winds.
"Storm surge flooding along the southeastern coast of Japan will further threaten lives and property into Sunday night," Pydynowski said.
The heaviest rain may fall north and west of Tokyo, but winds gusted to 150 km/h (93 mph) at the city's Haneda Airport.
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While drier weather will quickly return for Monday, the morning commute and daily routines can still be disrupted due to any damage, littered roads or rail lines or power outages left in the wake of Trami.
Hokkaido will be the final stop of Trami in Japan overnight Sunday into Monday, with flooding rain and damaging winds remaining concerns.
Trami is the eighth named storm to strike Japan this year, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls. "There are signs that strengthening Typhoon Kong-rey may follow later in the new week."
"Out of the seven storms before Trami, six were typhoons," Nicholls added. "The record for land-falling typhoons in Japan is 10 from 2004."
Since Japan has been battered by numerous tropical systems, along with the historic flooding and deadly heat wave, recovery efforts in the wake of Trami can further put a strain on Japan's disaster recovery budget.
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