Published: Tue, September 04, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Typhoon Jebi makes landfall in Japan, 600 flights cancelled

Typhoon Jebi makes landfall in Japan, 600 flights cancelled

In Tokushima Prefecture, wind and rain strengthened after it made landfall.

In the hard-hit city of Osaka, high seas poured into Kansai International Airport, flooding one of its two runways and cargo storage and other facilities, forcing the airport to shut down, according to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

All Nippon Airways Co. and Japan Airlines Co. have canceled 309 and 264 flights, respectively.

Japanese media reported that flights to and from the region had been cancelled and some train service suspended. The authorities have already issued evacuation orders for Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Hyogo, Kagawa, Ehime, and Wakayama prefectures in the southwest of the country, with government spokesman Yoshihide Suga urging the public to "evacuate early".

Strong gusts of up to 216 kph could hit some parts of the west, the Meteorological Agency said.

As the storm approached, Abe called a disaster response meeting and cancelled a trip to western Japan.

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He instructed his cabinet to "take all measures possible".

The typhoon may also bring further downpours to areas that were devastated by sudden rainfall in early July that killed more than 200 people.

The Tokyo metropolitan area may see strong winds, though the typhoon is unlikely to pass close to the capital.

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

In Osaka, the Universal Studios Japan theme park and US consulate were both closed.

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According to the country's meteorological agency most of the country remains in warning.

People try to hold umbrellas in strong wind triggered by Jebi in Osaka.

Japan is now in typhoon season, and is regularly struck by major storm systems during the summer and autumn.

Kurora warned that the typhoon may bring violent winds to eastern, western and northern parts of the country.

The flooding and landslides proved so deadly in part because many people did not heed evacuation warnings, which are not mandatory.

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