Japan: Honshu braces for yet more floods with Typhoon Jebi

Super Typhoon Jebi on Friday

Super Typhoon Jebi on Friday

USJ Co., the operator of Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, also announced it be closed all Tuesday because of the storm.

Typhoon Jebi made landfall in the west of the country, bringing heavy rain and winds of up to 216km/h (135 mph).

Japan is bracing for a "very strong" typhoon, with authorities warning of high waves, floods and landslides, including in areas hit by deadly flooding earlier this year.

Evacuation advisories have been issued for more than 300,000 people in western Japan - including 280,000 in the port city of Kobe - with local officials setting up some 1,500 shelters, the central and local governments said in statements.

A tanker anchored in Osaka Bay was swept into a bridge and Kansai worldwide airport was partially flooded by high waves whipped up by the storm.

A woman using an umbrella struggles against strong wind and rain caused by Typhoon Jebi, in Tokyo, Japan, September 4, 2018. The tanker's 11 crew members were not injured and remained on board, according to Japan's coast guard.

Typhoon Jebi is expected to come very close to the main island of Shikoku or the Kii Peninsula around noon and make landfall there, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Footage from the storm making landfall showed giant waves crashing against the coastline and flying debris.

Some parts are likely to see up to 300mm of rain fall in a 24 hour period with winds gusting up to 216 kilometres per hour.

Typhoon Jebi bore down on western Japan on Tuesday, grounding flights and halting trains in Japan's second-largest population centre.

The typhoon bore down on western Japan on Tuesday, cancelling more than 600 flights according to Japanese broadcaster NHK. (JR West) halted operations on the Sanyo Shinkansen Line between Shin-Osaka and Hiroshima stations on the morning of September 4. Services from Tokyo to Osaka were running reduced operations. Toyota Motor Corp said it was cancelling the night shift at 14 plants.

Japan's Kyodo News service said it was the strongest typhoon to make landfall in Japan since 1993.

The country has been sweating through a record deadly heatwave that followed devastating rain in parts of central and western Japan that killed over 200 people.

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