Typhoon set to bring rain, powerful winds to much of Japan

Typhoon Jebi map

Typhoon Jebi map

High waves hit breakwaters at a port of Aki, Kochi prefecture, western Japan, Tuesday Sept. 4, 2018.

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Typhoon No. 21 is the first "very strong" typhoon to reach Japanese land since 1993, the JMA said.

According to the latest update from the Japan Meteorological Agency, the typhoon is moving Northeast at a speed of 45 kilometres an hour.

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

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

Wind gusts of up to 166 km/h (103 mph) were recorded in one part of Shikoku, with forecasts for gusts as high as 216 km/h (135 mph).

On Tuesday, the typhoon is expected to increase in speed, with rain and winds likely to become violent, possibly causing traffic disruptions during evening rush hour.

ANA Holdings Inc. and Japan Airlines Co. canceled a total of 560 domestic and 13 worldwide flights, while Kansai global Airport closed its runways as the typhoon approached, local broadcaster NHK reported.

In Osaka Bay, the anchored tanker was swept toward the bridge connecting Kansai airport and the city of Izumisano in Osaka Prefecture, according to the Japan Coast Guard.

In Osaka, the Universal Studios Japan theme park and US Consulate were both closed. Typhoon Jebi was heading north across a swath of Japan's main island of Honshu toward the Sea of Japan.

A deadly heatwave was followed by a sustained and devastating rainfall in central and western Japan that resulted in the deaths of over 200 people.

Jebi had a similar trajectory to Typhoon Cimaron which made landfall on August 23, disrupting transport but causing limited damage and few injuries.

Japan Airlines Co., All Nippon Airways Co. and other airlines had canceled a total of 608 domestic and global flights on September 4.

Channel News Asia reported that more than a million households were left without power by the storm, and evacuation advisories were issued for almost 1.2 million people, though only another 16,000 were under stronger - though still not mandatory - evacuation orders.

Some 1.45 million households were without power in Osaka and its surrounding areas at 3 p.m. (0600 GMT) Toyota Motor Corp said it was cancelling the night shift at 14 plants.

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