Powerful Typhoon Sanba hits southern Japan
A resident wades through a flooded street following heavy rains spawned by typhoon Sanba (local name "Karen") Saturday Sept. 15, 2012 at San Juan city, East of Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Published Saturday, September 15, 2012 11:20PM EDT
TOKYO -- A powerful typhoon passing over southwestern Japan has left tens of thousands of homes without power and brought transportation to the region by sea and air to a standstill.
Japan's Meteorological Agency said Typhoon Sanba crossed over the Okinawan islands on Sunday and was headed toward the Korean Peninsula after dumping heavy rains and whipping Okinawa with powerful winds.
It described the typhoon as large and very strong, with gusts of up to 250 kilometres (155 miles) per hour. The agency warned residents to stay indoors.
The storm caused flight and ferry cancellations.
More than 60,000 homes were without power, according to media reports. NHK, Japan's public broadcaster, showed scenes of flooded houses and roads in Okinawa's main city, but there were no immediate reports of deaths or significant injuries.