Japan lashed by deadly monster typhoon

Leroy Wright
September 5, 2018

A powerful typhoon blew through western Japan on Tuesday, causing heavy rain to flood the region's main offshore global airport and high winds to blow a tanker into a connecting bridge, disrupting land and air travel.

As the typhoon made landfall, a 71-year-old man was found dead under a collapsed warehouse, likely due to a strong wind, and a man in his 70s fell from the roof of a house and died, NHK public television reported, adding more than 90 were injured.

Early Wednesday, a tugboat towed the badly damaged 2,591-ton Houn Maru some 400 meters away from the airport bridge, revealing the severed road on the southern side of the bridge.

In addition, a runaway oil tanker drifted into and damaged the bridge connecting the airport to the mainland.

Taiwanese and other airlines canceled Wednesday flights to and from Osaka's Kansai International Airport as Typhoon Jebi forced the airport's closure Tuesday.

Thankfully none of the 11 crew members on-board were injured in the incident, according to the local coast guard.

Passengers stranded overnight appeared relieved but exhausted after an uneasy night in the dark. The Shinkansen high-speed train service from Tokyo to Okayama was suspended on Tuesday, while the Universal Studios theme park near Osaka is closed.

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ANA Holdings Inc and Japan Airlines Co cancelled a total of 585 domestic and 13 worldwide flights.

"Equipments and machines were damaged by the flooded water in a part of the terminal".

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Kansai International Airport, a major transportation hub, has been entirely shut down.

Flooding at the airport had largely subsided Wednesday but flight operations equipment needed to be assessed for damage, as did the crushed part of the bridge.

Social media users posted videos that showed the force of the storm. Evacuation orders were issued for some areas in such municipalities as Kobe and Sanuki, Kagawa Prefecture.

Towns and cities in the prefectures of Gifu, Aichi, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Nara and Wakayama on Honshu, along with Tokushima, Kagawa and Kochi on the island of Shikoku have been affected.

Nearly 14,000 residents have been moved to around 5,000 refuge zones, mostly town halls and school gyms, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

Wind gusts of up to 166 km/h were recorded in one part of Shikoku, with forecasts for gusts as high as 216km/h.

"Damaging winds and coastal flooding may be the most significant impacts with this storm".

Cars are seen piled up after being blown by typhoon Jebi's strong winds in Osaka on September 4, 2018.

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