Fuel tanker smashes into bridge in Japan during massive typhoon
Fuel tanker smashes into bridge in Japan during massive typhoon
The typhoon will first reach the east coast of Japan
04 September, 2018, 22:56
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.
It's now typhoon season in Japan which provides an annual tirade of extreme weather.
The country has been sweating through a record deadly heatwave that followed devastating rain in parts of central and western Japan that killed over 200 people. There were scattered reports of mild injuries as the typhoon made landfall.
A woman using an umbrella struggles against strong wind and rain caused by Typhoon Jebi, in Tokyo, Japan, September 4, 2018.
Jebi has been described as very strong.
Keita Sakai, a spokesman for the Japan Coast Guard, said that 11 people were on board the Houunmaru but that none had been hurt, according to CNN.
Jebi was expected to make the landfall on the Shikoku island or the Kii peninsula around noon as per an Efe report.
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.
The typhoon first made landfall in the southern part of Tokushima Prefecture at 12 pm (local time), before striking for the second time near Kobe city at around 2 pm (local time), The Japan Times reported.
The damage to the bridge left the airport cut off from the mainland, with around 3,000 people stranded inside the facility, public broadcaster NHK reported. Television footage showed fallen tree branches and high seas overflowing onto low-lying areas.
Around 87 millimetres of rain drenched some areas in an hour this morning, with as much as 500 millimetres set to fall in the 24 hours to tomorrow morning.
Parts of a train station roof also collapsed in Kyoto following the stormy weather.
Almost 600 flights were cancelled, along with scores of ferries and trains, NHK public television said.
Some 177,000 customers across western Japan lost power, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said.
Toyota Motor Corp. said it will suspend its nighttime operations at 14 plants across the nation, including in Aichi, Fukuoka and Miyagi prefectures.
Tokyo escaped relatively unscathed, with some intermittent squalls.
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