Typhoon Jebi smashes into Japan bringing ‘strongest storm in 25 years’

Japan is being battered by its strongest typhoon in 25 years bringing flooding and landslides to the country – and winds of up to 135mph.


The government issued evacuation advisories
 for more than one million people and cancelled hundreds of flights
 as Typhoon Jebi caused travel chaos.

Gusts reaching 135mph and heavy rain made landfall on the west coast today after the county has faced a summer of landslides, floods and record-breaking
 heat that killed hundreds of people.

Television footage showed waves pounding the coastline,
 sheet metal tumbling across a parking lot and a truck turned on
 its side.


Pictures show water covering runways at Kansai International Airport in Osaka after high seas flooded out the transport hub.




Parking spaces and passages to the building basement have been flooded on the manmade island about three miles off the coast off Osaka Prefecture.

Mobile phone services have been disrupted at the airport.

The Japan Coast Guard also say strong winds blew a tanker carrying fuel fuel to the airport into a nearby bridge linking it to Izumisano City. None of its 11 crew was injured.

There were scattered
 reports of mild injuries as the typhoon made landfall on Shikoku, the smallest main
 island, around noon, but there have been no official figures released yet.



It raked across the western part of the
 largest main island, Honshu, near the city of Kobe, several
 hours later.


Tides in some areas were the highest since a typhoon in
 1961, NHK public television said.

Wind gusts of up to 129 mph were recorded in one part of Shikoku, but forecasters predicted gusts as high as 135 mph.

Evacuation advisories were issued for more than one million
 people as the wind and rain began picking up, the Fire and
 Disaster Management Agency said.

"Our house is right at the base of a mountain, so it’s a
 little dangerous and we decided to leave," one woman told Japan’s NHK.agency.


Around 3.9 inches of rain drenched one part of the
 tourist city of Kyoto in an hour, with as much as 20
 inches set to fall in some areas in the 24 hours to noon on
 Wednesday.


Video posted on Twitter showed a small part of the roof of
 Kyoto train station falling to the ground.


More than 700 flights were cancelled, along with scores of
ferries and trains, NHK said.

Shinkansen bullet train services
 between Tokyo and Hiroshima were suspended and Universal Studios
 Japan, a popular amusement park near Osaka, was closed.


Some 177,000 customers across western Japan lost power, the
 Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said.

Toyota Motor Corp
 said it was cancelling the night shift at some 14
 plants.


Japan’s capital of Tokyo – which is eight hours ahead of London – is far from the centre of the storm
 but was battered by heavy rains and high winds today

Jebi’s course has brought it close to parts of western Japan
 hit by rains and flooding that killed more than 200 people in
 July.

However, it was set to speed up after making landfall,
 minimising the amount of rain that will fall in one place.

Jebi – whose name means "swallow" in Korean – is expected to pass over the Sea of Japan by late Tuesday and to have weakened to an extratropical cyclone by Wednesday morning.

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