Deadly typhoon is strongest to hit Japan since 1993

Map of Typhoon Jebi

Map of Typhoon Jebi

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.

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.

A couple watches waves hitting a coast of Shirahara town.

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

Sediment disaster warnings were issued in Kagawa, Tokushima, Kyoto, Nara and Wakayama prefectures.

The transport ministry said the airport has now closed all of its runways and shut down the facility at 3pm due to flooding.

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. The bridge has a road on top and a railway underneath.

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NHK also showed footage of a 100-metre (328-feet) tall ferris wheel in Osaka spinning furiously in the strong wind despite being switched off. It raked across the western part of the largest main island, Honshu, near the city of Kobe, several hours later, before heading out to the Sea of Japan in the evening.

Typhoon Jebi dragged the 292-foot-long (89m) Houunmaru from its anchored position at sea, and smashed it into a bridge near Osaka.

The height of waves is projected to reach up to 10 meters in the Tokai region, up to nine meters in the Kinki region, up to eight meters in the Izu Islands, up to seven meters in the Shikoku region and up to six meters in Hokuriku, Kanto, Tohoku regions and Hokkaido.

Severe thunderstorms are also expected as the atmosphere will remain unstable over much of the country.

Tokyo, Japan's capital, is unlikely to be badly affected by Typhoon Jebi, the JMA said. Typhoons in this category have maximum wind speeds of between 158.4 kph and 194.4 kph. It was the first time a typhoon made landfall at that strength since 1993.

As you might imagine, travel has been strongly affected with more than 700 flights cancelled along with Shinkansen bullet train services between Tokyo and Hiroshima. Services from Tokyo to Osaka were running reduced operations.

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.

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