Typhoon Jebi hits southern Japan - Update

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A powerful typhoon slammed into western Japan on Tuesday, causing heavy rain to flood the region's main offshore international airport and strong winds to blow a tanker into a bridge, disrupting land and air travel. The storm left at least two people dead.

Jebi was the strongest typhoon to make landfall in Japan since 1993, according to Japan's Kyodo News service.

The storm was heading north across a swath of Japan's main island of Honshu toward the Sea of Japan. It was off the northern coast of Fukui on Tuesday evening with sustained winds of 126 kilometers per hour (78 miles per hour) and gusts up to 180 kph (110 mph), the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

A man in his 70s died apparently after being blown to the ground from his apartment in Osaka prefecture, while a 71-year-old man died after being buried underneath a storage house that collapsed on him, officials said.

NHK national television said 126 people were injured in the storm.

More than 700 flights were canceled, according to Japanese media tallies. High-speed bullet train service was suspended from Tokyo west to Hiroshima.

A 2,591-ton tanker that was mooring slammed into the side of a bridge connecting the airport to the mainland, damaging part of the bridge and the vessel. The tanker's 11 crew members were not injured and remained on board, according to Japan's coast guard.

The typhoon first made landfall on Japan's southwestern island of Shikoku and then again near Kobe on Honshu. Television footage showed fallen tree branches and high seas overflowing onto low-lying areas.

Tokyo escaped relatively unscathed, with some intermittent squalls.



Typhoon Jebi hit Japan on Tuesday, forcing hundreds to evacuate. reports citing Kyodo News.

Citing the Japan Meteorological Agency, Kyodo News reported that the typhoon made landfall on the city of Kobe in Hyogo prefecture and the island of Shikoku in Tokushima prefecture.

The typhoon brought heavy rains and powerful winds reaching 216 kilometers per hour (134 mph) in what may be the "strongest typhoon to make landfall in 25 years".

The region came to a standstill with hundreds of flights and train services being canceled.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has reportedly canceled his visit to the southwest of the country, advising residents to take necessary precautions and evacuate their homes early.

2018.09.04 / 17:15
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