One million are evacuated as violent typhoon lashes Japan

One million are evacuated as violent typhoon lashes Japan

Jebi became the first typhoon categorised as "very strong" by the weather agency to make landfall on Japan's main islands since 1993 when a powerful typhoon left 48 people dead or missing.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said around 300 people were injured in storm-related incidents, Reuters reported.

Typhoon Jebi landed with "very strong" force in Tokushima prefecture Tuesday afternoon, september 4, the strongest typhoon to hit the country's mainland since 1993, said Akihiro Kikuchi, from Japan's Meteorological Agency.

Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, cancelled a scheduled trip to Kyushu, Japan's southernmost main island, to oversee the government's response to the typhoon, said a spokesman.

Before it made landfall, the storm had sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour (87 mph) and gusts of 165 kmh (102 mph), the equivalent of a Category 1 Atlantic hurricane. Another man in his 70s apparently died after falling from the roof of his house, NHK said, adding that more than more than160 people had suffered mostly minor injuries.

An estimated 3,000 people were trapped at the terminal of Kansai worldwide airport, which stands on a manmade island in Osaka Bay, as the typhoon barrelled across large parts of western Japan. Businesses seeking alternate routes and tourists in a rush to get home must take a train or use highways to get to other worldwide airports, such as Narita in Tokyo, or Fukuoka on the southwestern island of Kyushu.

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In central Osaka, the wind sent a 100-metre-tall ferris wheel into a furious spin, even though its power had been cut off.

Jebi was considered to be the strongest typhoon to hit Japan in 25 years.

Cars lie piled up a day after powerful Typhoon Jebi hit. 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 unsafe and we chose to leave", one woman told NHK.

Almost 800 flights were cancelled, along with scores of ferries and trains, according to Japanese media.

Since the disaster, authorities have urged people to take the warnings more seriously and prepare to leave home immediately when they are issued.

Due to the typhoon on Tuesday, the airport's runway and the basement floor of a terminal building were flooded, and all of its runways were closed.

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Ninety reported injured, and more than a million people warned to evacuate.

Businesses, factories, and schools in the affected area shut down while the storm barreled across the country, forcing the cancelation of hundreds of flights and ferry services.

Utilities covering Chubu and Shikoku regions said more than 169,000 homes and offices are still without power on Wednesday morning.

Japan is now in its annual typhoon season, and is regularly struck by major storm systems during the summer and autumn.

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.

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