Powerful typhoon slams into western Japan

Powerful typhoon slams into western Japan

Jebi was the strongest typhoon to make landfall in Japan since 1993, according to Japan's Kyodo News service. One per son was reportedly killed and about 100mm of rain fell within an hour in one part of Kyoto.

Footage from the storm making landfall showed giant waves crashing against the coastline and flying debris.

Typhoon Jebi is believed to be the strongest tropical cyclone to come ashore in Japan in 25 years. People in Kobe reported on Twitter that the wind was shaking their apartment buildings and ripping branches off trees.

Around 3.4 inches of rain drenched some areas in an hour on this morning, with as much as 20 inches set to fall in the 24 hours to Wednesday morning.

Local media warned that the wind speeds Jebi is packing are strong enough to bring down traditional-style wooden houses and power poles, and urged people in affected areas to avoid non-essential travel.

There are no reports of casualties and the storm is expected to weaken as it continues to move across the country. High-speed bullet train service was suspended between Osaka and Hiroshima cities. At the airport itself, one runway was under water and one terminal's basement was flooded, an airport spokesman said.

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

None of the ship's 11 crew members were injured in the incident, according to the local coast guard. "But for the safety of our visitors, we made a decision to close today", Hiromi Kamiguchi, a spokeswoman for Nijo Castle, a UNESCO world heritage site, said Tuesday morning.

High waves hit breakwaters at a port of Aki, Kochi prefecture, western Japan, on Tuesday. Kyoto-based Kyocera Corporation and Murata Manufacturing Company said they will close some of their facilities in the prefecture northeast of Osaka.

"Extreme winds are expected not only in western Japan, but also wide areas of the country from north to east", Ryuta Kurora from the Japan Meteorological Agency said at an emergency press conference.

Typhoon Jebi bore down on western Japan on Tuesday, grounding flights and halting trains in Japan's second-largest population centre.

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