Powerful typhoon triggers blackout in southern Japan

A pedestrian struggling with his umbrella against strong winds and rain generated by Typhoon Faxai in Tokyo, Japan, earlier this month. Tapah follows on the trail of Typhoon Faxai, barrelling through Japan's southern Okinawa islands today. – EPA pic, September 21, 2019.

A POWERFUL typhoon hit Japan’s southern Okinawa islands today, cutting power to more than 15,000 homes and grounding hundreds of flights.

Tapah – packing wind gusts of up to 180kph – is now moving north and is expected to progress through the sea separating South Korea and western Japan.

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