Japan braces for strike from powerful typhoon

A powerful typhoon approaching Japan’s Pacific coast is forecast to bring heavy rain and high winds to much of the country.
Typhoon Jebi is believed to be the strongest tropical cyclone to come ashore in Japan in 25 years.

The typhoon bore down on western Japan on Tuesday, cancelling more than 600 flights according to Japanese broadcaster NHK. High-speed bullet train service was suspended between Osaka and Hiroshima cities.
More than 680,000 people had been issued evacuation orders or advisories, Asahi reported

Authorities warn that when it makes landfall, it could be the strongest storm to do so in Japan in a quarter century. The Japan Meteorological Agency said it had sustained winds of 160 kilometres per hour with gusts to 215 kph.

In the city of Osaka, the Universal Studios Japan theme park and US consulate both were closed.
The storm was located about 130 kms south of Shikoku as of 7.45am (local time), heading north at about 35 kph. After hitting western Japan, it is set to speed up further as it passes over the main island of Honshu and into the Sea of Japan, where it will weaken.

While Tokyo was spared the worst of the storm, authorities warned of very strong winds and heavy rain in the capital.
Kyodo News reported Honda Motor Company halted operations at its Suzuka plant in Mie prefecture on Tuesday. Kyoto-based Kyocera Corporation and Murata Manufacturing Company said they will close some of their facilities in the prefecture northeast of Osaka. The Sankei Daily reported Kubota Corporations and Daikin Industries Ltd kept workers home from their facilities in the region surrounding Osaka.

A police officer stands beside a flooded road following a powerful typhoon in Osaka, western Japan, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. A powerful typhoon blew through western Japan on Tuesday, causing heavy rain to flood the region’s main offshore international airport and high winds to blow a tanker into a connecting bridge, disrupting land and air travel. (Kota Endo/Kyodo News via AP)

Overturned cars are seen on street following a powerful typhoon in Osaka, western Japan, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. A powerful typhoon blew through western Japan on Tuesday, causing heavy rain to flood the region’s main offshore international airport and high winds to blow a tanker into a connecting bridge, disrupting land and air travel. (Kota Endo/Kyodo News via AP)

The typhoon may also bring further downpours to areas that were devastated by sudden rainfall in early July that killed more than 200 people. Typhoon Jebi is predicted to bring heavy rains through Wednesday.

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