Over 500 flights cancelled as Typhoon Jebi bears down on Japan

Over 500 flights cancelled as Typhoon Jebi bears down on Japan

This handout photo released by the Kagawa Prefectural Police on 4 September 2018 and received via Jiji Press shows a truck sitting at an angle after being blown over by strong winds caused by Typhoon Jebi on the Seto Ohashi bridge in Sakade, Kagawa prefecture on Japan's Shikoku island.

Jebi is the first typhoon classed as "very strong" by the country's weather agency to make landfall on Japan's main islands since a typhoon left 48 people dead or missing in 1993, Kyodo reports.

A tanker anchored in Osaka Bay was swept into a bridge and Kansai global airport was partially flooded by high waves whipped up by the storm.

Two people already died and several have been injured during the violent winds.

More than 700 flights have been canceled, according to Japanese media tallies. It made landfall in Tokushima prefecture on Japan's smallest main island of Shikoku, and was on path to strike the part of the country home to Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe.

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The fast-moving storm quickly crossed the country, and by nightfall was on the verge of leaving land and heading out to sea from Ishikawa in central Japan.

The six deaths reported so far include a man killed in the collapse of a warehouse facility, and a man who fell from the second story of his house, Japan Times reports.

NHK national television said 126 people were injured in the storm.

The Houunmaru tanker was pushed by strong winds into the bridge connecting Kansai Airport to the mainland near Osaka.

Strong winds sent the 2,591-tonne tanker crashing into the bridge, prompting the closure of the bridge's road and rail links. "I've never seen such a thing", a 19-year-old boy at the scene told the public broadcaster.

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"I urge the Japanese people to take action to protect your lives, including preparing and evacuating early", Mr Abe said, as the severe weather forced him to cancel a planned visit to the southwest of... It was off the northern coast of Fukui on Tuesday evening with sustained winds of 126 kilometers per hour (78 miles per hour) and gusts up to 180 kph (110 mph), the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Bullet train services have been reduced, while local schools and Universal Studios Japan, a theme park near Osaka, were closed for the day.

A composite image showing the air conditions in Japan with Typhoon Jebi and a large oil tanker that has been pushed into a bridge.

Japan is regularly struck by major storms during the summer and autumn.

The threat of more floods and landslides comes soon after parts of Japan were hit by torrential rains that killed more than 200 people in July.

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