Storm Forces Train Cancellations in Southern, Western Japan

A storm packing winds as high as 83 kilometers (52 miles) per hour disrupted train operations and may cancel flights in southwestern Japan before moving northeast toward the nation’s largest urban centers.

Kyushu Railway Co., based in the southwestern city of Fukuoka, is delaying and canceling some routes, the company said on its website. Some express trains departing Kyoto will be canceled from around 3 p.m. today while other lines will have fewer trains running, the Osaka-based West Japan Railway (9021) Co. said on its website.

Flights to and from the southern cities of Kagoshima, Miyazaki, Tokushima, as well as the central city of Nagoya, may be delayed or canceled, Japan Airlines Co. (9201) said on its website. Flights to and from Nagoya, Osaka and Tokyo also may be affected, ANA Holdings Inc. (9202) said on its website.

As much as 25 centimeters (10 inches) of rain per hour is expected in southwestern and central Japan, and the storm center is forecast to cross Osaka, the nation’s second-largest city, later today as it moves northeast toward Tokyo, according to projections on the website of the Meteorological Agency.

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