Japan unwillingly welcomes Unfortunate Typhoon to strike the country in a quarter of a century. It was one of the strongest Typhoon after 1993 which strikes on Wednesday and donated massive damage to the country.
There are around eleven people dead and more than 300 were injured since the Typoon Jebi made landfall around noon Tuesday. Typhoon brought gusts of winds and drives heavy rain across the western cost of Japan.
Various dramatic videos of storm are gaining huge attention on social media on Tuesday showing winds lifting cars, tearing scaffolding and cladding off buildings, toppling trees and various other videos of destruction.
Among all the people who are dead are older people and it is believed that they have been blow down by winds or hit with flying or falling objects. More than 1.6 million households lost electricity in Osaka, Kyoto and four other prefectures Tuesday.
Authorities had advised more than 1 million people to shift and cancelled hundreds of flights as Japan carried for Typhoon Jebi, its strongest storm since 1993, which banged into Shikoku Island around midday before continuing north to Kobe on Japan’s main island of Honshu towards the Sea of Japan.
Heavy rain and powerful wind submerged runways at Osaka’s Kansai International Airport and pinned a fuel tanker to a bridge linking the airport to the city of Izumisano, as per national broadcaster NHK.
More than 3,000 people were marooned overnight at the airport, one of Japan’s busiest travel hubs, and 750 flights were cancelled Tuesday. Travelers were transported by ferry to nearby Kobe Airport Wednesday, but an additional 162 flights were eliminated.
Japan’s meteorological agency said that the storm had downgraded to a low pressure system as it crossed the Sea of Japan early Wednesday, but cautioned that it was still moving, with winds reaching 100mph, NHK reports. Weather forecasters predicted rainfall of more than 2 inches per hour in northern and eastern Japan Wednesday, and authorities are urging people to remain wary for violent gusts of wind and surging sea waves as well as landslides and flooding.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cancelled a planned trip to Kyushu, Japan’s southernmost main island, to supervise response efforts, according to AP. At a disaster preparedness meeting on Monday, Abe enjoined Japanese citizens to “take action to protect your lives.”
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