Japan braces for ‘very strong typhoon

Japan braces for ‘very strong typhoon

Japan braces for ‘very strong typhoon

In early July, torrential rains battered western Japan, triggering landslides and floods, killing more than 220 people and destroying homes and roads - the deadliest weather-related disaster in more than three decades.

"Maintaining its very strong power, the typhoon is forecast to approach Honshu", the agency said.

Weather officials are urging people to stay alert and check often for updates on the typhoon's path.

As much as 150 millimeters of rain may fall in some regions in western, eastern and central Japan through Tuesday morning, the agency said.

The weather agency has called for vigilance against flooding, mudslides and high tides caused by the typhoon as well.

As western Japan braces for Jebi, domestic airlines have chose to cancel local and global flights mainly scheduled to depart and arrive in airports in western and central Japan.

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"Extreme winds are expected not only in western Japan, but also wide areas of the country from north to east", Ryuta Kurora from the Japan Meteorological Agency said at an emergency press conference. Skymark Airlines Inc and Fuji Dream Airlines Co expect to cancel 52 and 38 flights respectively.

Railways were also affected, with some shinkansen bullet trains halting services. Services from Tokyo to Osaka were running reduced operations.

The JMA said strong winds of up to 216 kph could be expected as Jebi hits the Shikoku and Kinki regions, and gusts of up to 162 kph could affect wide swathes of Japan, spanning the Tohoku, Tokai and Hokuriku regions.

Jebi - which means "swallow" in Korean - strengthened to super-typhoon status last week but weakened as it moved north and will likely be a Category 2 or 1 typhoon when it hits Japan on Tuesday, probably near the second-largest city of Osaka in western Japan.

The typhoon is unlikely to come close to the Japanese capital.

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