Typhoon set to bring rain, powerful winds to much of Japan

04 September, 2018, 20:55 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Super Typhoon Jebi Is the typhoon strengthening? Will it make landfall in Japan

The death toll was reportedly so large due to people failing to take evacuation warnings seriously and to make adequate preparations the second that such warnings were issued.

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 unit that collapsed on him, officials said.

The damage to the bridge left the airport cut off from the mainland, with around 3,000 people stranded inside the facility, public broadcaster NHK reported. There were no reports of injuries.

Railway services were canceled beforehand in the Kinki region, and many retail businesses announced that they would be closed on September 4.

More than 700 flights were canceled, according to Japanese media tallies. Authorities called on residents to avoid any unnecessary trips outside. High-speed bullet train service was suspended between Osaka and Hiroshima cities. The typhoon was carrying strong winds of up to 162 kilometers per hour, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

"This is (the strongest) since 1993", Kurora also said.

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Typhoon Jebi - whose name means "swallow" in Korean - was briefly a super typhoon and is the latest storm to hit Japan this summer following rains, landslides and floods.

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Typhoon Jebi was heading north across a swath of Japan's main island of Honshu towards the Sea of Japan.

Television footage showed high waves crashing into breakers and flying debris in areas where the storm made landfall.

In the city of Osaka, the Universal Studios Japan theme park and U.S. consulate both were closed.

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Typhoon Jebi made landfall in the west of the country, bringing heavy rain and winds of up to 216km/h (135 mph).

Pedestrians try to hold their umbrellas while struggling with strong winds in Yokohama on Tuesday.

It's now typhoon season in Japan which provides an annual tirade of extreme weather.

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 sustained rain caused widespread flooding and landslides in July, devastating entire villages and forcing thousands from their homes.

There are warnings of high waves, flooding and mudslides.

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