Typhoon Jebi makes landfall in Japan, 600 flights cancelled

Glen Norman
September 4, 2018

In a notice on its website, SIA said that flight SQ622 which was due to depart Changi Airport at 1.55pm on Tuesday (Sept 4) was cancelled.

Jebi is the fourth typhoon to make landfall in Japan this season.

Japan on Tuesday was hit by Typhoon Jebi, the strongest and powerful storm to hit the island country in 25 years, causing violent winds and disrupting transport services.

Weather agency officials were warning of floods, strong winds, high waves and torrential rains for large parts of the country.

The storm left more than one million households without power and evacuation advisories were issued at one point for almost 1.2 million people, with another 16,000 under stronger - though still not mandatory - evacuation orders.

Local media said runways and the basement of part of the airport had been flooded by high waves whipped up by the storm.

Vehicles were overturned by strong winds.

The typhoon later reached the Sea of Japan off Maizuru, Kyoto Prefecture.

Typhoon Jebi is the latest of several extreme weather events to affect Japan.

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.

In Nishinomiya, a Hyogo Prefecture city near Kobe, more than 100 cars caught fire after waves inundated a yard for a vehicle auctioneer, according to the local fire department.

The typhoon also affected factory operations, including Suntory Holdings Ltd.'s Yamazaki Distillery in Shimamoto, Osaka Prefecture.

ANA Holdings Inc. and Japan Airlines Co. canceled a total of 560 domestic and 13 worldwide flights, while Kansai global Airport closed its runways as the typhoon approached, local broadcaster NHK reported. Shinkansen high-speed trains between Tokyo to Hiroshima were canceled.

More than 600 domestic flights have been cancelled, according to Japanese broadcaster NHK. In the city of Osaka, the Universal Studios Japan theme park and USA consulate both were closed.

The capital, Tokyo, escaped the centre of the storm but was set for heavy rains and high winds.

It's now typhoon season in Japan which provides an annual tirade of extreme weather. Honda Motor Co. stopped its Suzuka plant in Mie prefecture, while Kyoto-based Kyocera Corp. and Murata Manufacturing Co. said they will close some of their facilities.

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