Massive Typhoon Nearing Western Japan

Society

Tokyo, Sept. 29 (Jiji Press)--Massive Typhoon Trami was heading for western Japan on Saturday, on the heels of another powerful typhoon that battered the region in early September, with the operator of Kansai International Airport in Osaka Prefecture set to close its two runways on Sunday.

Typhoon Trami is expected to speed up while passing through waters south of the Kyushu southwestern region. It is feared to make a landfall around the Kii Peninsula in western Japan on Sunday afternoon before sweeping through the eastern and northern regions.

On Saturday, the 24th typhoon of this year caused heavy storms in the southernmost prefecture of Okinawa and the Amami islands in nearby Kagoshima Prefecture. In the Okinawa city of Nanjo, a peak gust speed of 56.2 meters per second was observed shortly before 10 a.m. (1 a.m. GMT), hitting a record high at the monitoring post.

The typhoon left 17 people injured in Okinawa, according to the prefectural government. Some 200,000 households were briefly without power, according to Okinawa Electric Power Co. <9511>.

With a rain front growing active, the city of Shingu in the western prefecture of Wakayama saw rainfall of 93.5 millimeters only in the hour through 2 p.m.

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