Strong waves brought by Typhoon Jebi in Japan | CCTV via REUTERS
Typhoon Jebi made landfall in the southern part of Tokushima Prefecture, Japan, at around 12:30 Tuesday, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).
The typhoon brought torrential rain and powerful gusts of winds across western Japan, causing at least one dead.
It is said to be the most powerful typhoon in Japan in 25 years. It has moved on a northward trajectory at a speed of 45 kilometers per hour since its landing.
Affected by the typhoon, rainstorm battered the Tokushima Prefecture Tuesday morning, dumping 83 millimeters of water an hour.
JMA on Tuesday morning urged the public in seven prefectures to be vigilant against high waves, potential floods, and landslides.
More than 600 local and international flights have been canceled and Japan’s top two carriers, All Nippon Airways Co. and Japan Airlines Co. have canceled 289 and 180 flights, respectively.
The Tokaido Shinkansen and Sanyo Shinkansen bullet train lines have been suspended and parts of major highways have also been closed.
Some stores in Osaka and Kyoto prefectures and other parts of western Japan have shut down for the day.
JMA said the typhoon will pick up speed as it passes, which will then bring strong winds and heavy rains across Japan.
It is also said that Typhoon Jebi will be downgraded to an extra-tropical cyclone by Wednesday and will badly affect Tokyo. — Reuters