Strongest in 25 years, typhoon Jebi hits Japan

Hannah Rogers
September 4, 2018

In a notice on its website, SIA said that flight SQ622 which was due to depart Changi Airport at 1.55pm on Tuesday (Sept 4) was cancelled.

According to sources including at the Japan Coast Guard's fifth regional headquarters in Kobe, none of the 11 crew members onboard was injured in the incident, believed to have been caused by strong winds from the typhoon.

Kansai International Airport partially is flooded by typhoon Jebi in Osaka, western Japan, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018.

"This is (the strongest) since 1993", Kurora also said.

Japan's weather agency warned of possible landslides, flooding and violent winds, as well as high tides, lightning and tornadoes in a swathe of the Japanese archipelago including the major cities of Osaka and Kyoto as well as Tokyo.

Authorities warn that when it makes landfall later today, it could be the strongest storm to do so in Japan in a quarter of a century.

Jebi - which 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.

As the typhoon lashed Shikoku and the Kii Peninsula, evacuation warnings and advisories were issued in many areas.

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More than 700 flights were cancelled, along with scores of ferries and trains, local media reported. Train services have also been severely impacted, with bullet trains between Tokyo and Hiroshima and Tokyo and Osaka suspended.

The prime minister, Shinzō Abe, urged residents to "evacuate early" and cancelled a planned trip to Kyushu in Japan's south-west to oversee the government's response.

The centre of Jebi was at sea north of Wajima in Ishikawa Prefecture, central Japan, at 7 pm (1000 GMT) and heading north-northeast, NHK reported.

ANA Holdings Inc. and Japan Airlines Co cancelled a total of 585 domestic and 13 worldwide flights, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cancelled a planned trip to Fukuoka in the southern island of Kyushu to deal with the disaster response.

One person each was slightly injured in Mie and Kagawa prefectures, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

Toyota Motor Corp. said it will suspend its nighttime operations at 14 plants across the nation, including in Aichi, Fukuoka and Miyagi prefectures.

"Even if the typhoon changes to a tropical cyclone or a temperate low pressure, there is a risk that severe phenomena such as heavy rain, strong winds, high waves and the like will continue to occur", the agency said.

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