Typhoon Jebi: Japan issues evacuation notice for more than 1m people

  • Typhoon makes landfall in western Japan
  • Evacuation advisories issued for more than 1 million people
  • Tides in some areas highest since 1961 typhoon
  • Toyota cancels night shift at 14 plants

High waves triggered by Typhoon Jebi are seen at a fishing port in Aki, Kochi Prefecture, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 4, 2018. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS
High waves triggered by Typhoon Jebi are seen at a fishing port in Aki, Kochi Prefecture, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 4, 2018. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS
High waves triggered by Typhoon Jebi are seen at a fishing port in Aki, Kochi Prefecture, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 4, 2018. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS
High waves triggered by Typhoon Jebi are seen at a fishing port in Aki, Kochi Prefecture, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 4, 2018. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS
High waves hit breakwaters at a port of Aki, Kochi prefecture, Japan, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. Powerful Typhoon Jebi is approaching Japan’s Pacific coast and forecast to bring heavy rain and high winds to much of the country. (Ichiro Sakano/Kyodo News via AP)
A couple watches waves hitting a coast of Shirahara town, Wakayama prefecture, central Japan, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. Powerful Typhoon Jebi is approaching Japan’s Pacific coast and forecast to bring heavy rain and high winds to much of the country.(Yosuke Mizuno/Kyodo News via AP)
High waves hit breakwaters at a port of Aki, Kochi prefecture, western Japan, Tuesday Sept. 4, 2018. Powerful Typhoon Jebi is approaching Japan’s Pacific coast and forecast to bring heavy rain and high winds to much of the country. (Ichiro Sakano/Kyodo News via AP)/Kyodo News via AP)
High waves triggered by Typhoon Jebi are seen at a fishing port in Aki, Kochi Prefecture, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 4, 2018. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS
Boats float along with debris during Typhoon Jebi in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan September 4, 2018, in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. TWITTER/ @R10N_SR/via REUTERS
Intense high wind from Typhoon Jebi blows in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan September 4, 2018, in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. TWITTER/ @R10N_SR/via REUTERS

Japan issued evacuation advisories for more than 1 million people and cancelled hundreds of flights in the face of extremely strong winds and heavy rain as typhoon Jebi made landfall on its west coast on Tuesday.

Jebi – whose name means “swallow” in Korean – was briefly a super typhoon and is the latest harsh weather to hit Japan this summer following rains, landslides, floods and record-breaking heat that killed hundreds of people. There were scattered reports of mild injuries as the typhoon made landfall.

Tides in some areas were the highest since a typhoon in 1961, NHK public television said, with flooding covering the runways at Kansai International Airport in Osaka.

The storm made landfall on Shikoku, the smallest main island, around noon. It raked across the western part of the largest main island, Honshu, near the city of Kobe, several hours later.



High waves triggered by Typhoon Jebi are seen at a fishing port in Aki, Kochi Prefecture, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 4, 2018. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERSHigh waves triggered by Typhoon Jebi are seen at a fishing port in Aki, Kochi Prefecture, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 4, 2018. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

High waves triggered by Typhoon Jebi are seen at a fishing port in Aki, Kochi Prefecture, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo September 4, 2018. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS

Evacuation advisories were issued for more than 1 million people as the wind and rain began picking up, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said. Wind gusts of up to 208 km/h (129 mph) were recorded in one part of Shikoku, with forecasts for gusts as high as 216 km/h (135 mph).

“Our house is right at the base of a mountain, so it’s a little dangerous and we decided to leave,” one woman told NHK.



High waves hit breakwaters at a port of Aki, Kochi prefecture, Japan, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. Powerful Typhoon Jebi is approaching Japan's Pacific coast and forecast to bring heavy rain and high winds to much of the country. (Ichiro Sakano/Kyodo News via AP)High waves hit breakwaters at a port of Aki, Kochi prefecture, Japan, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. Powerful Typhoon Jebi is approaching Japan's Pacific coast and forecast to bring heavy rain and high winds to much of the country. (Ichiro Sakano/Kyodo News via AP)

High waves hit breakwaters at a port of Aki, Kochi prefecture, Japan, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. Powerful Typhoon Jebi is approaching Japan’s Pacific coast and forecast to bring heavy rain and high winds to much of the country. (Ichiro Sakano/Kyodo News via AP)

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

Around 100 mm (3.9 inches) of rain drenched one part of the tourist city of Kyoto in an hour, with as much as 500 mm (20 inches) set to fall in some areas in the 24 hours to noon on Wednesday.



High waves hit breakwaters at a port of Aki, Kochi prefecture, western Japan, Tuesday Sept. 4, 2018. Powerful Typhoon Jebi is approaching Japan's Pacific coast and forecast to bring heavy rain and high winds to much of the country. (Ichiro Sakano/Kyodo News via AP)/Kyodo News via AP)High waves hit breakwaters at a port of Aki, Kochi prefecture, western Japan, Tuesday Sept. 4, 2018. Powerful Typhoon Jebi is approaching Japan's Pacific coast and forecast to bring heavy rain and high winds to much of the country. (Ichiro Sakano/Kyodo News via AP)/Kyodo News via AP)

High waves hit breakwaters at a port of Aki, Kochi prefecture, western Japan, Tuesday Sept. 4, 2018. Powerful Typhoon Jebi is approaching Japan’s Pacific coast and forecast to bring heavy rain and high winds to much of the country. (Ichiro Sakano/Kyodo News via AP)/Kyodo News via AP)

Video posted on Twitter showed a small part of the roof of Kyoto train station falling to the ground.

More than 700 flights were cancelled, along with scores of ferries and trains, NHK said. Shinkansen bullet train services between Tokyo and Hiroshima were suspended and Universal Studios Japan, a popular amusement park near Osaka, was closed.



Boats float along with debris during Typhoon Jebi in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan September 4, 2018, in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. TWITTER/ @R10N_SR/via REUTERSBoats float along with debris during Typhoon Jebi in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan September 4, 2018, in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. TWITTER/ @R10N_SR/via REUTERS

Boats float along with debris during Typhoon Jebi in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan September 4, 2018, in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media. TWITTER/ @R10N_SR/via REUTERS

Some 177,000 customers across western Japan lost power, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said. Toyota Motor Corp said it was cancelling the night shift at some 14 plants.

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The capital, Tokyo, will be far from the centre of the storm but was set for heavy rains and high winds by the end of Tuesday.

Jebi’s course has brought it close to parts of western Japan hit by rains and flooding that killed more than 200 people in July. However, it was set to speed up after making landfall, minimising the amount of rain that will fall in one place.

Reuters

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