Published: Tue, September 04, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Typhoon Jebi makes landfall in Japan, 600 flights cancelled

Typhoon Jebi makes landfall in Japan, 600 flights cancelled

More than one million people have been urged to evacuate their homes as Typhoon Jebi brought winds of up to 135mph to parts of the country.

The meteorological agency said Jebi was expected to pass over the Sea of Japan by late Tuesday and to have weakened to an extratropical cyclone by Wednesday morning.

The bridge that links the island airport with the mainland was hit by a storm-driven tanker ship Tuesday, shearing off one chunk and dislodging a section of roadway from the rest of the bridge.

Tens of thousands of buildings have been left without power, with more than 700 flights cancelled along with scores of train and ferry services.

As the typhoon made landfall, a 71-year-old man was found dead under a collapsed warehouse, likely due to a strong wind, and a man in his 70s fell from the roof of a house and died, NHK public television reported, adding more than 90 were injured.

The typhoon first made landfall on Japan's southwestern island of Shikoku and then again near Kobe on Honshu.

Japan on Monday braced up for a powerful Typhoon Jebi with weather authorities warning of heavy rain, high waves and strong gales.

Osaka is sitting in the direct path of a vicious typhoon Jebi which is now swirling in a vortex with winds topping 120mph.

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Arriving on land, Jebi had winds of up to 162 kilometres (100 miles) per hour at its centre, making it a "very strong" typhoon, the weather agency's chief forecaster Ryuta Kurora told AFP.

Tides in some areas were the highest since a typhoon in 1961, according to local reports.

Japan Airlines Co., All Nippon Airways Co. and other airlines had canceled a total of 608 domestic and worldwide flights on September 4.

In the city of Osaka, the Universal Studios Japan theme park and United States consulate both were closed. Shinkansen high-speed trains between Osaka and Hiroshima were set to be cancelled from mid-morning, with JR West warning it might not be able to restart services all day.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has been traveling across the in a bid to bolster his support ahead of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party's leadership election later this month, canceled his trip to the Kyushu region to deal with the typhoon.

Kyodo News reported Honda Motor Company halted operations at its Suzuka plant in Mie prefecture on Tuesday.

In July landslides and massive floods - the worst in decades - killed more than 200 people.

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