1 Oct 2012

Powerful typhoon hits Japan mainland

6:21 am on 1 October 2012

A powerful typhoon has pouned the Japanese mainland, a day after hitting southern Okinawa island, where it left one dead and about 140 people injured.

With winds of up to 180 km/h, Typhoon Jelawat made landfall in central Aichi prefecture about 7.00pm on Sunday and was moving up the main island of Honshu.

A 29-year-old man was swept away by high waves when Jelawat hit Okinawa and was later confirmed dead, while at least 140 people were injured in eight prefectures, according to public broadcaster NHK.

More than 500 flights were cancelled on Sunday and some bullet train services across the country have been suspended.

Local authorities have ordered more than 2000 people in central Mie to evacuate, while tens of thousands of people were advised to leave home for safe shelter, according to NHK.

The typhoon was forecast to churn northeastwards towards Tokyo and bring torrential rainfall and waves up to 10 metres high.