Typhoon Jebi: Japan hit by strongest storm for 25 years

This screenshot from the Japan Meteorological Agency website shows the expected course of Typhoon Jebi in the coming days

This screenshot from the Japan Meteorological Agency website shows the expected course of Typhoon Jebi in the coming days

Typhoon Jebi made landfall in western Japan on Tuesday, believed to be the strongest tropical cyclone to come ashore in Japan in 25 years.

Jebi - which means "swallow" in Korean - was briefly a super typhoon and is the latest harsh weather to hit Japan this summer following rains, landslides, floods and record-breaking heat that killed hundreds of people.

Japan issued evacuation orders for more than one million people as powerful wind and rain ploughed into the country's west on Tuesday, killing at least eight people.

Primary and middle schools in the storm's path were closed while regional businesses also reacted quickly, with Universal Studios Japan in Osaka shutting down for Tuesday along with factories for several large manufacturers.

A tanker crashed into the bridge linking Kansai International Airport with mainland near Osaka, stranding 5,000 people at the airport.

An estimated 177,000 people in western Japan have lost power, Reuters reports, citing the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, though Tokyo is expected to avoid the brunt of the storm.

The Meteorological Agency warned of heavy rains and strong winds in both the western and eastern regions of the country as the typhoon made landfall first in the southern part of Tokushima Prefecture around noon.

More than 700 flights have been cancelled, according to Japanese media tallies.

An aerial view shows a flooded runway at Kansai airport, which is built on a man-made island in a bay, after Typhoon Jebi hit the area.

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Tokyo escaped relatively unscathed, with some intermittent squalls.

The damage to one of the busiest airports in Japan - frequented by visitors to cities in the Kansai area such as Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe - could affect the country's tourism boom. (JR East) decided on the morning of September 4 to reduce Nozomi and Hikari bullet train services on the Tokaido Shinkansen Line to around two trains each per hour.

High waves triggered by typhoon Jebi batter Japan's west coast.

The tanker was also damaged, but its 11 crewmembers were not injured and remained on board, according to the coast guard.

More than 600 flights have been cancelled by domestic airlines, and among Japan's top two carriers, All Nippon Airways Co. and Japan Airlines Co. have cancelled 289 and 180 flights.

Based on its wind speeds, Jebi was classified as "very strong" by Japan's weather agency.

About 1.45 million households were without power in Osaka and its surrounding areas at 3pm local time.

The Fire and Disaster Management Agency said 150 others were injured.

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