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Powerful typhoon Trami hit Japan with record rainfalls and violent winds

A powerful typhoon, Trami, rated category 2 by Tropical Storm Risk, with category 5 the highest, slowly marched to Japan main island  Sunday morning.

Japan Meterological Agency called Typhoon Trami a "very strong" storm. The typhoon is feared to bring record rainfalls and violent winds over large areas. Evacuation advisories are in place for more than 3.7 million people in 19 prefectures. Rainfall totals of 150 to 300 millimeters (6 to 12 inches) were expected to be widespread, with localized amounts of more than 500 millimeters (19.6 inches). Tokyo is not in the path. The storm has disrupted air travel, with an unspecified number of flights suspended Sunday. Train service in Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe districts, as well as the bullet train between Tokyo and western Japan were suspended through portions of Sunday.

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Officials said nearly 300,000 homes were without power. Japan Meteorological Agency issued warning of landslides and flooding from possible storm surges. At least 53 people were injured by Trami as it barrelled through Okinawa and Kagoshima Prefectures yesterday. The latest travel advice updated today on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website reads: “Typhoon Trami is forecast to affect a wide area of Japan until 2 October bringing excessive rainfall, strong winds and possible disruption of essential services. Non-Japanese speakers stranded by Typhoon Trami have been urged to download one of the emergency phrase cards made available online.

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