Published: Tue, September 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

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

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

Jebi - which means "swallow" in Korean - was briefly a super typhoon and is the latest harsh weather to hit Japan this summer following rains, landslides, floods and record-breaking heat that killed hundreds of people.

A powerful typhoon slammed into western Japan on Tuesday, causing heavy rain to flood the region's main offshore global airport and strong winds to blow a tanker into a bridge, disrupting land and air travel.

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.

Bracing for Jebi, domestic airlines have played it safe, canceling a number of local and worldwide flights mainly scheduled to depart and arrive in airports in western and central Japan.

Jebi is the fourth typhoon to make landfall in Japan this season.

More than 700 flights were cancelled across Japan, including several global flights departing and arriving at Nagoya and Osaka, along with ferries, local train services and some bullet train lines. Typhoon Jebi is predicted to bring heavy rains through Wednesday.

The typhoon first made landfall on the island of Shikoku and then again near Kobe on Honshu.

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Japan's Kyodo News service said it was the strongest typhoon to make landfall in Japan since 1993.

A "very strong" typhoon in the Pacific Ocean has prompted weather authorities to issue warnings for high waves, flooding and landslides in areas including those struck by disastrous flooding earlier this year.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told a meeting of the government and ruling parties, "We have seen typhoons and torrential rains".

The typhoon forced the authorities to cancel around 800 domestic and worldwide flights, according to local media.

Typhoon Jebi is believed to be the strongest tropical cyclone to come ashore in Japan in 25 years. Local and high-speed trains between Osaka and Hiroshima were cancelled.

Bullet train services have been reduced, while local schools and Universal Studios Japan, a theme park near Osaka, were closed for the day.

Some 1.45 million households were without power in Osaka and its surrounding areas at 3 p.m. (0600 GMT) Toyota Motor Corp said it was cancelling the night shift at 14 plants.

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