Powerful Typhoon Heads To Tokyo Area

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A powerful typhoon is heading to Tokyo after injuring dozens of people, causing blackouts and paralyzing traffic in southern Japan.

An advertising billboard that was blown away by wind lies on a road in Naha in the Japanese prefecture of Okinawa. (Kyodo News/Associated Press)

A powerful typhoon is heading to Tokyo after injuring dozens of people, causing blackouts and paralyzing traffic in southern Japan.

Japan's Meteorological Agency says Typhoon Jelawat is expected to hit the Tokyo region Sunday evening. The agency warns of torrential rain and sudden wind gusts, and is urging Tokyo residents to stay indoors.

At noon Sunday, the storm was packing winds of up to 144 km/h.

The typhoon left more than 100 people with injuries in the southern prefectures of Okinawa and Kagoshima on Saturday. Thousands of homes were without electricity.

Dozens of trains were suspended Sunday in coastal areas around Tokyo, and some 300 domestic flights were to be grounded throughout the day.

Up to half a metre of rain is expected in central Japan through Monday.