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Japan Carriers Cancel Domestic Flights as Jelawat Approaches

Japan Carriers Cancel Domestic Flights as Jelawat Approaches
People hold on to their umbrellas under heavy winds and rain brought on by Typhoon Jelawat in Tokyo on Sunday. Source: Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images

Typhoon Jelawat disrupted air traffic for tens of thousands of people as it approached the central Japan city of Nagoya today, packing winds gusting to 216 kilometers (134 miles) per hour.

All Nippon Airways Co. canceled 273 domestic flights affecting more than 43,000 passengers, the airline said in a faxed statement. Japan Air said it canceled 128 domestic flights affecting almost 25,000 passengers.

The storm was about 250 kilometers southwest of Nagoya, the hub of the nation’s third-largest metropolitan region, as of 1:45 p.m. local time, the Japan Meteorological Agency said on its website. The storm was moving northeast at about 45 kilometers per hour.

Jelawat’s maximum wind velocity will probably be about 40 kilometers per hour when it makes landfall along the central Japan coast this evening, Kenji Okada, a forecaster at the agency, said by phone.

Rain and flood warnings were issued by the agency for coastal prefectures from the Tokyo region to the island of Shikoku as Jelawat approached. Residents in hilly regions were told to be alert for possible landslides due to downpours.

More than 20 people in Okinawa were injured by broken glass due to the typhoon yesterday, according to local police.

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