Death toll rises as Typhoon Jebi batters Japan

Hannah Rogers
September 7, 2018

A woman using an umbrella struggles against strong wind and rain caused by Typhoon Jebi, in Tokyo, Japan, Sept. 4, 2018.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe canceled a planned trip to Kyushu, Japan's southernmost main island, to supervise response efforts, according to AP.

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.

A 71-year-old man was found dead under a collapsed warehouse in Shiga, another died after falling from a roof in Mie, broadcaster NHK reported last night.

About 3,000 people spent the night at Kansai International Airport after a tanker ship hit the bridge connecting the offshore airport and the city of Izumisano, NHK said.

"It is hard to say what impact this typhoon will have on economic activity, if the [Kansai] airport remains closed for a long time, this will affect tourism revenues in the region", said Koshu Tokunaga, spokesman for the Kansai Economic Federation.

NHK also showed footage of a 100-metre tall ferris wheel in Osaka turning furiously in the strong wind despite being switched off.

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

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Hundreds of flights have been canceled after flooding forced Osaka's main global airport to close leaving thousands of tourists stranded.

More than two million households experienced blackouts during the storm and schools and companies in the affected area remained shut.

Japanese media tallied at least nine deaths, and the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said more than 200 people were injured. The authorities have already issued evacuation orders for Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Hyogo, Kagawa, Ehime, and Wakayama prefectures in the southwest of the country, with government spokesman Yoshihide Suga urging the public to "evacuate early".

Popular Osaka amusement park Universal Studios Japan also remained closed Wednesday - the first time it's been closed for two consecutive days since it opened in March 2001 - as the park operator worked to fix damaged caused by the storm.

The typhoon's center made landfall again near the coastal city of Kobe at around 2 p.m. (1 a.m. ET).

Japan is regularly hit by powerful typhoons in the summer and autumn, many of which cause flooding and landslides in rural areas.

At least six people have died and 160 people have been injured since the typhoon made landfall Tuesday afternoon, September 4, bringing strong winds and lashing rain, according to Japanese public broadcaster NHK.

More than one million people have been urged to evacuate their homes as Typhoon Jebi brought winds of up to 135mph to parts of the country.

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