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Japan: Typhoon Trami heads to mainland after battering Okinawa

Japan: Typhoon Trami heads to mainland after battering Okinawa

A worker clears branches of a fallen tree affected by a typhoon in Naha, Okinawa prefecture, southern Japan.

Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture closed its runways from 11 a.m. on September 30.

A woman in her 60s went missing in Miyazaki prefecture, southern Japan, after she was washed away in a paddy irrigation channel, according to NHK.

Both airline groups cancelled all flights to and from Naha, Ishigaki and Miyako airports in Okinawa Prefecture.

There have been more than 1,000 flight cancellations by various airlines on Sunday, and some stoppages have also been announced for Monday, NHK reported.

East Japan Railway stopped all train services in and around Tokyo at 8:00 pm, shortly before the typhoon hit the Japanese capital.

Trami, the 24th typhoon of the season, swept the southern islands of Okinawa and Kyushu on Sunday morning, with winds gusts of up to 222kmh, according to the agency.

The typhoon is projected to hit regions ravaged earlier this month by Typhoon Jebi, which caused landslides and floods and temporarily shuttered Kansai International Airport.

Still classed as a "very strong" typhoon, Trami pounded Kagoshima on the western tip of Japan early Sunday, causing minor injuries - such as cuts from broken windows and people knocked over by gusts.

On Sept 4, Jebi also caused a tanker to smash into and damage a bridge connecting Kansai International Airport with the mainland, stranding thousands of people at the airport at one point.

In July, heavy rain in western Japan killed 221 people, setting off landslides and flooding.

Residents in all these communities could be left without power and water for several days or even weeks in the wake of Typhoon Trami.

"People in Okinawa are used to typhoons but we are strongly urging them to stay vigilant", he told AFP.

Bullet trains running between the two western Japan cities of Osaka and Hiroshima will suspend operations on Sunday morning in anticipation of heavy rain and wind, operator West Japan Railway said on Saturday.

The storm's huge eye was forecast to move near the city of Osaka before churning across the Japanese archipelago, likely hitting areas still recovering from extreme weather that has battered Japan in recent months.

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.