2 dead, 2 missing, more than 120 injured after typhoon batters 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

A powerful typhoon headed towards Tokyo late Sunday night after battering western Japan with heavy rain and strong winds, snarling air and land traffic, causing power outages, and forcing evacuations from areas still recovering from recent typhoons.

A cargo ship washed ashore by Typhoon Trami is seen in Kawasaki, Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo October 1, 2018.

Trami's maximum wind speed hit 216 kilometres per hour, with airlines forced to cancel more than 1,200 flights over the weekend.

According to local media, the woman in her 60s was swept away by gusts in a gutter while working with her husband in their rice field.

Typhoon Trami lost some strength after making landfall near Tanabe City, 450 km (280 miles) southwest of Tokyo, earlier in the evening.

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Typhoon Trami, the 24th of the season, shut down critical transport infrastructure and caused widespread damage across the country.

The storm cut power to about 200,000 homes on Japan's southern islands, and uprooted tress and overturned vehicles as it pummeled Okinawa city.

Deadly record rainfall hit western Japan earlier this year and the country sweltered through one of the hottest summers on record. "Please stay inside to avoid high winds", said Yasushi Kajihara, who heads the forecast division at the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

Typhoon Trami, rated category 2 by Tropical Storm Risk, with category 5 the highest, is now heading towards Japan's northeast.

The terminal building was closed for the day and the monorail as well as bus service to the airport were also suspended.

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Storm surges are forecast to hit coastal areas along the typhoon's route, including the bays of Osaka, Ise and Mikawa in western and central Japan.

West Japan Railway was to suspend local train services in Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe districts from Sunday morning, and the Shinkansen bullet train was also to be halted.

All this comes on the heels of a country still reeling from one of the hottest summers on record, deadly rains that inundated central and western Japan, the strongest typhoon to hit the region in 25 years in Typhoon Jebi and a magnitude-6.6 quake on Hokkaido that killed 40.

Hokkaido is reeling from a magnitude-6.7 quake in early September that killed more than 40 people.

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