Powerful typhoon bears down on flood-battered Japan

Typhoon Trami packing gusts of a maximum 162kmh near its centre was in the Pacific and spiralling slowly towards Japan's southern islands

Typhoon Trami packing gusts of a maximum 162kmh near its centre was in the Pacific and spiralling slowly towards Japan's southern islands

Kansai International Airport in Osaka in western Japan said it had opened its runways as scheduled at 6 a.m. (2100 GMT Sunday), after being closed since 11 a.m. on Sunday.

The storm destroyed power lines on the southwestern islands of Okinawa on Saturday.

NHK also said airlines had cancelled more than 390 flights, mainly those flying in and out of Okinawa.

Sangyo Shinkansen bullet train service between Shin-Osaka and Hiroshima stations will also be suspended on September 30, with the last scheduled run from Shin-Osaka to Hiroshima to be the Nozomi No. 103 slated to leave Shin-Osaka Station at 11:25 a.m.

Passersby using umbrellas struggle against strong wind and rain caused by Typhoon Trami in Nagoya, central Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo on Sunday.

Many flights and trains services were cancelled as the storm moved eastward.

A woman in her 60s has been reported missing in Miyazaki Prefecture, . after she was washed away in a paddy irrigation channel, . with more than 80 people reported injured, as well.

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Typhoon Trami was the equivalent of Category 2 hurricane when it passed over the Ryukyu Islands late Friday.

Okinawa's electric authority said power had been lost to more than 250,000 homes and more than 200,000 were still without electricity and water as of 10:46 a.m. Sunday.

Two people have been killed in a powerful typhoon that battered Japan over the weekend, officials said Monday, as the storm's aftermath brought travel chaos to Tokyo's morning commute.

The airport had only fully reopened on September 21 after being heavily flooded earlier that month by Typhoon Jebi, the most powerful storm to hit Japan in 25 years.

Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture closed its runways from 11 a.m. on September 30, suspending 330 flights.

Deadly record rainfall hit western Japan earlier this year and the country sweltered through one of the hottest summers on record. 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.

Also in September, a magnitude 6.6 natural disaster rocked the northern island of Hokkaido, sparking landslides and leaving more than 40 people dead.

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