Typhoon Trami injures 50, readies direct hit on Japan mainland

Kansai International Airport in Osaka, western Japan, which was heavily flooded by a typhoon last month, said it had closed its runways from 11 a.m. (0200 GMT) Sunday until 6 a.m. Monday.

Streets in the Okinawa prefectural capital of Naha were deserted Sept 29 as winds and rain from Typhoon No. 24 battered the island.

A auto passes past an uprooted tree due to strong winds generated by typhoon Trami in Itoman, southern island of Okinawa.

More than 750,000 households, mainly in western Japan have lost power, according to local utilities and mobile phone services suffered disruption.

Some 600 people evacuated to shelters in Okinawa and electricity was cut to more than 121,000 homes, public broadcaster NHK said.

Trami follows on the heels of several large typhoons to hit major Asian population centres this month, including Jebi, which forced the closure of Kansai International Airport.

West Japan Railway says that from Sunday morning it will start suspending local train services in the Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe districts.

A NASA satellite image of Typhoon Trami.

It was then expected to move in a northeasterly direction through eastern and northern Japan on October 1.

No deaths were reported, but at least 52 people were injured as the storm passed.

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.

About 320 domestic and global flights into and out of Naha Airport were canceled for September 29.

If the forecast holds, it will be the latest in a series of extreme natural events to strike Japan.

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

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

Strong winds and downpours could trigger landslides and floods as well as lightning strikes and tornados across the nation, said the agency, warning that waves and wind could reach record levels.

The worst typhoon to hit Okinawa in six years left thousands without power, canceled hundreds of flights and stranded tens of thousands of passengers over the weekend and now turns its attention to the Kanto Plain, where it's forecast to hit Sunday night. The bullet train service between Kumamoto and central Kagoshima was also halted, according to the Kyushu Railway Co. It claimed 11 lives and shut down Kansai Airport.

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