Friday, 22 November, 2019

Japan Fights Typhoon Jebi During Worst Storm In 25 Year History

Typhoon Jebi path update Residents of Japan need to prepare for a direct hit from Jebi Typhoon Jebi path update Residents of Japan need to prepare for a direct hit from Jebi
Patty Aguilar | 05 September, 2018, 05:01

Typhoon Jebi made landfall in western Japan on Tuesday, the strongest tropical cyclone to come ashore in Japan in 25 years, and has picked up speed as it bears down on one of Japan's most densely populated areas.

Japanese broadcaster TBS said six people have died in the severe weather, while 126 people have reportedly been injured.

The storm's powerful winds also made a tanker crash into a bridge that connects the airport with the mainland.

Japan's most powerful typhoon in 25 years has caused chaos across the country and left at least eight dead.

A tanker was swept under a bridge in Osaka Bay, and a railway station in Kyoto partially collapsed.

The prime minister, Shinzō Abe, urged residents to "evacuate early" and cancelled a planned trip to Kyushu in Japan's south-west to oversee the government's response.

In early July, torrential rains battered western Japan, triggering landslides and floods, killing more than 220 people and destroying homes and roads - the deadliest weather-related disaster in more than three decades.

Based on its wind speeds, Jebi was classified as "very strong" by Japan's weather agency.

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Japan has issued evacuation advisories for more than one million people, according to the Reuters news agency.

After passing over Osaka and Kyoto, Jebi is expected to rake along or near the western edge of Japan as it travels north, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The capital, Tokyo, escaped the center of the storm but was set for heavy rains and high winds.

Kansai International Airport is closed due to typhoon Jebi, prompting cancellations to and from Osaka, Japan.

The storm has already disrupted transportation services. Flights and train services were canceled in the Kinki region and elsewhere, while factories and commercial facilities such as Universal Studios Japan, a popular theme park in Osaka, were closed.

Local media warned that the wind was strong enough to topple traditional-style wooden houses as well as power poles, and urged people in affected areas to avoid non-essential travel.

Although Japan regularly experiences storm activity, this summer has been unusually unique.

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