Typhoon Jebi whips up monster waves, makes landfall in Japan

Typhoon Jebi map

Ferocious winds are forecast for west and east Japan through September 5, while the sea between Shikoku island and the Tokai region is expected to be extremely rough.

With local media warning that the wind is strong enough to destroy traditional wooden houses and power poles and even large-scale constructs like Universal Studios in Osaka closing for safety, Typhoon Jebi (whose name means "swallow" in Korean) poses a threat to the largest and smallest of homes and businesses.

Japan announced evacuation warnings affecting more than 1 million people and canceled hundreds of flights Tuesday as Typhoon Jebi, the strongest storm to hit the nation in 25 years, battered the country's west coast.

More than 680,000 people had been issued evacuation orders or advisories, Asahi reported.

One of two runways at Kansai International Airport, which sits on a man-made island in Osaka Bay, was flooded in the afternoon, according to Kansai Airports, the airport operator.

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"Customers connecting onto affected flights to Osaka will not be accepted at the original point of departure until further notice", the statement added.

"I'm surprised that the switched-off ferris wheel began to move with the strong wind". Typhoon Jebi is predicted to bring heavy rains through Wednesday.

Strong Typhoon Jebi is heading for Japan in what is set to be just the latest in a series of challenging weather events during the northern summer.

Arriving on land, Jebi had winds of up to 162 kilometers (100 miles) per hour at its center, making it a "very strong" typhoon, the weather agency's chief forecaster Ryuta Kurora told AFP. West Japan Railway Co. halted all local services in the area's three main cities by noon.

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More than 700 flights were cancelled across Japan, including several worldwide flights departing and arriving at Nagoya and Osaka, along with ferries, local train services and some bullet train lines.

About 350,000 buildings were without power as of 2:15 p.m., according to regional utilities, mostly in Wakayama prefecture.

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

Local production was also hit, with Toyota Motor Corp halting operations at most of its group plants, and Honda Motor Co halting its Suzuka plant in Mie prefecture.

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