A powerful typhoon headed towards Japan's main island on Sunday forcing the cancellation or suspension of airline and train services and causing power outages and evacuations from areas still recovering from a typhoon last month.
The JMA has underscored the need to be prepared for disruption of transportation services, power blackouts, and agricultural damage due to the strong winds, heavy rain and high waves. Some businesses were already putting up shutters and hunkering down.
As of 7 p.m. on September 30, the typhoon was situated about 90 kilometers west of Cape Shionomisaki in the western Japan prefecture of Wakayama, and was moving northeast at 50 kilometers per hour.
A auto passes past an uprooted tree due to strong winds generated by typhoon Trami in Itoman, southern island of Okinawa.
It's the strongest typhoon to make landfall in Japan in 25 years.
Trami, which at its height packed maximum gusts of 216 kilometres (134 miles) per hour, was expected to churn over most of the archipelago, weakening slightly but causing extreme weather into Monday, forecasters said.
Kansai International Airport, which serves the greater Osaka area in western Japan, closed two runways from 11 a.m. on Sunday through 6 a.m. on Monday to prepare for the possible impact of Trami, according to a statement on its website. The airport only fully reopened on September 21.
Officials piled up sandbags to avoid a repeat of flooding seen during the previous storm.
Similar measures were taken for some shinkansen bullet train services, with Central Japan Railway Co. stopping all shinkansen trains between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka after 5 p.m. Services between Shin-Osaka and Hiroshima as well as many local railway services in western Japan were also halted.
"The airport is closed".
Even from the safety of the hotel, he said he could hear the wind "howling" outside.
East Japan Railway Co. shut down all of its train services in the Tokyo Metropolitan area around 8 p.m.
Also in September, a magnitude 6.6 natural disaster rocked the northern island of Hokkaido, sparking landslides and leaving more than 40 people dead.
The tropical cyclone is classified as a "very strong" typhoon, the second-highest on the Japan Meteorological Agency scale.