Typhoon brings heavy rain, powerful winds to western Japan

Japan braces for possible strongest typhoon in 25 years - Xinhua | English.news.cn

A very strong typhoon is forecast to make landfall in the Shikoku region or the Kinki region including the Kii Peninsula on Tuesday morning, the Japan Meteorological Agency said Monday, warning of violent winds, high waves and heavy rains.

Jebi's predicted course could bring it close to parts of western Japan hit by deadly rains and flooding that killed more than 200 people in July.

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

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

Packing winds of up to 216km/h, Jebi is now hovering near Anan city in Tokushima Prefecture.

Another man in his 60s fell two metres into a rice paddy field in Mima city, the report said.

Scaffolding of a building being demolished, collapse, following a powerful typhoon in Osaka, western Japan, Tuesday, Sep 4, 2018.

Both Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines have announced the cancellation of almost 600 flights.

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About 1.45 million households were without power in Osaka and its surrounding areas at 3pm local time. Railway operators also halted some services, including on the Tokaido Shinkansen and Sanyo Shinkansen lines, while some expressways were closed.

It will then rake across the western part of the largest main island, Honshu, and Osaka, the nation's second-largest city, later today.

As the storm approached, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called a disaster response meeting and cancelled a trip to Kyushu, the country's southernmost main island.

It has an atmospheric pressure of 945 hectopascals, the agency said, and is packing winds of up to 216 kph at its center.

In the 24-hour period through 6 a.m. on Wednesday, up to 500 mm of rain may fall in central Japan and up to 400 mm in the country's west.

The typhoon was carrying strong winds of up to 162 kilometers per hour (100 mph), according to the Japan Meteorological Agency, with gusts of up to 206 kph measured in Wakayama.

The eye of the storm will be located around Osaka, however Japan's capital city of Tokyo will feel the brunt as Jebi rolls in.

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