Japan's strongest typhoon in 25 years kills at least six
[September 04 2018]
Japan has been
hit by its strongest typhoon in
25 years, causing at least six
deaths and 160 injuries.
Typhoon Jebi made landfall in western areas, bringing
heavy rain and reports of winds up to 172km/h (107mph).
In Osaka Bay it swept a tanker into a bridge and in
Kyoto parts of a railway station roof came down.
Officials ordered more than a million people in
affected areas to evacuate their homes amid warnings of high waves,
flooding and mudslides.
It has already left tens of thousands without power
and authorities have urged people to move to safety.
The storm made landfall on Shikoku island around noon
on Tuesday local time and then moved across Japan's largest main island
It is expected to weaken as it moves north.
A tanker ship smashed
into a bridge in Izumisano
Jebi is the first typhoon classed as "very strong" by
the country's weather agency to make landfall on Japan's main islands
since a typhoon left 48 people dead or missing in 1993, Kyodo reports.
Unmoored boats floated
up a river in Nishinomiya
Hundreds of flights, trains and ferries have had to be
Flooding covered the runways at Kansai International
Airport in Osaka, which is built on a man-made island in a bay.
The runway at
Kansai airport was flooded
Universal Studios Japan, a popular amusement park near
Osaka, was closed.
The storm hit with winds
of up to 216km/h (135 mph)
Huge waves were whipped
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe convened an emergency
meeting and called on people "to take action to protect your lives,
including preparing and evacuating early".
Footage from the storm making landfall showed giant
waves crashing against the coastline, and flying debris.
Japan's weather agency has warned of possible
landslides, flooding and violent winds, as well as high tides, lightning
and tornadoes in the areas affected.
The country is regularly struck by major storms and
this summer has been one of extreme weather.
In July landslides and massive floods - the worst in
decades - killed more than 200 people. That was followed by a record
The winds were strong
enough to turn over trucks
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