Japanese national government has issued an evacuation advisories for one million residents as typhoon hits west coast.
Tokyo government issued evacuation advisories for more than 1 million people and canceled hundreds of flights in the face of extremely strong winds and heavy rain as typhoon Jebi made landfall along its west central coast.
The word 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.
Also, 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 typhoon brought strong winds that sent a 2,591-tonne tanker crashing into a bridge connecting Kansai airport, which is built on a man-made island in a bay, to the mainland.
According to Japanese coast guard, the bridge was damaged but the tanker was empty and none of its crew was injured.
Due to the strong typhoon, more than 700 flights were canceled, 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.