01:06 - Source: CNN
Typhoon Trami brings heavy rainfall to Japan
CNN  — 

A powerful typhoon unleashed heavy winds and rain on southern Japan this weekend as it slowly marched northeast toward the nation’s main islands Sunday morning.

Typhoon Trami was the equivalent of Category 2 hurricane when it passed over the Ryukyu Islands late Friday. The Ryukyu Island chain stretches north of Taiwan to the Japanese island of Kyushu, and includes Okinawa, the largest island in the chain, with about 1.4 million people, including around 25,000 US troops and their families.

Heavy rainfall will occur Saturday ahead of the storm, and Sunday with the landfall, according to CNN’s Weather Center. Rainfall totals of 150 to 300 mm (6 to 12 inches) will be widespread, localized amounts of over 500 mm (19.6 inches) are expected.

The storm has disrupted air travel, with an unspecified number of flights suspended Sunday, according to public broadcaster NHK. Train service in Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe districts, as well as the bullet train between Tokyo and western Japan, will be suspended through portions of Sunday, NHK said.

Officials said nearly 300,000 homes were without power, according to NHK.

Earlier in the typhoon season Typhoon Jebi, the strongest storm to hit Japan’s mainland in 25 years, smashed through the west of the country, killing ten people and causing widespread damage through high winds and storm surges.

Trami’s expected arrival comes at the end of a summer of disasters that have hit the country, after multiple deaths caused by Jebi, flooding, and heatwaves this summer.

CNN’s Junko Ogura in Tokyo and Mir Jalalzai in Atlanta contributed to this report.