A powerful typhoon is heading to Tokyo after injuring dozens of people,causing blackouts and paralysing traffic in southern Japan.
Japan’s Meteorological Agency says Typhoon Jelawat is expected to hit the Tokyo region tonight. It warns of torrential rain and sudden wind gusts,urging Tokyo residents to stay indoors.
At noon today,the storm was packing winds of up to 144 kilometres per hour.
The typhoon left more than 50 people with minor injuries on the southern island of Okinawa yesterday. Thousands of homes were without electricity.
Dozens of trains were suspended today in coastal areas around Tokyo,and some 300 domestic flights were to be grounded throughout the day.
Up to half a meter of rain is expected in central Japan through tomorrow.