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Deadly Trami causes widespread damage, injures dozens across Japan

By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
October 02, 2018, 3:28:22 AM EDT

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Typhoon Trami has left three dead, injured nearly 200 and left over one million people without power across Japan.

While Trami had departed Japan and weakened, its impacts were still being felt into Monday as transportation was interrupted and some locations remained without power.

After first barreling through the Ryukyu Islands earlier in the weekend, Trami made landfall near Tanabe City in Honshu's Wakayama Prefecture on Sunday evening, local time. The strength of the storm at that time was equal to that of a Category 3 hurricane in the Atlantic or eastern Pacific oceans.

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A vehicle damaged by heavy rain and wind caused by Typhoon Trami is seen along a road in Uruma, Japan in this September 29, 2018 photo by @MRSCOONSEY.C. INSTAGRAM @MRSCOONSEY.C/Social Media/via REUTERS

Aside from showers dampening northern Honshu and Hokkaido into Monday night, drier weather returned to the rest of Japan as cleanup efforts continued following the fierce storm


The strength of Trami allowed it to produce wind gusts over 160 km/h (100 mph) across a wide swath from the Ryukyu Islands to mainland Japan.

On Saturday, winds gusted to 191 km/h (119 mph) at Naha and 202 km/h (126 mph) at Itokazu on Okinawa.

As Trami battered mainland Japan, Muroto-Misaki on the southern tip of eastern Shikoku recorded a peak wind of 175 km/h (109 mph). A gust of 169 km/h (105 mph) blasted Omaezaki on Honshu.

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Gusts of 141 km/h (88 mph) blasted downtown Tokyo on Sunday night. A wind gust of 150 km/h (93 mph) was reported at the city's Haneda Airport.

According to police, a Keio Line train operating in Tokyo struck debris from a cinder block wall that collapsed onto the tracks.

The typhoon prompted East Japan Railway to halt all train services in the Tokyo metropolitan area, according to the Japan Times. Some bullet and subway trains were also suspended causing travel chaos during the Monday morning commute.


Two people are missing, NHK reported. Police fear that the person missing in Miyazaki Prefecture fell into an irrigation channel while working in a paddy field.

Hundreds of flights have been canceled, including more than 210 domestic flights on Monday.

Homes were reportedly inundated after a river overflowed its banks in a part of Miyazaki city.

Trami is the eighth named storm to strike Japan this year, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls.

"Out of the seven storms before Trami, six were typhoons," Nicholls added. "The record for land-falling typhoons in Japan is 10 from 2004."

Japan may face an eighth land-falling typhoon later this week as Kong-rey continues to strengthen and is expected to impact the Ryukyu Islands by Thursday.

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