Dead as Powerful Typhoon Whomps Japan

Super Typhoon Jebi Is the typhoon strengthening? Will it make landfall in Japan

High waves triggered by Typhoon Jebi are seen at a fishing port in Aki, Kochi Prefecture, western Japan.

Japan's Meteorological Agency issued a caution on torrential rains and an increase in speed of the strong winds in both the eastern and western parts of the country.

Jebi's course brought it close to parts of western Japan hit by rains and flooding that killed more than 200 people in July but most of the damage appeared to be from the high winds.

In Higashiomi, Shiga Prefecture, a warehouse collapsed and a 71-year-old man was crushed to death, according to sources including the police department of the prefecture.

Jebi, whose name means "swallow" in Korean - is the the 21st typhoon of the season.

Japan has issued evacuation advisories for more than one million people, according to the Reuters news agency.

Typhoon Jebi made landfall around noon, slamming into the west of the country with winds of up to 216 kilometres (135 miles) per hour.

Nationwide, the storm forced the cancelation of around 800 domestic and worldwide flights, while commercial facilities such as a popular theme park in Osaka and department stores were also closed.

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ANA Holdings Inc. canceled 281 domestic and 8 worldwide flights, while Japan Airlines Co. pulled 213 domestic and 5 global flights flights. Another truck was almost blown off a bridge connecting Shikoku island and the main island of Honshu.

In a notice on its website, SIA said that flight SQ622 which was due to depart Changi Airport at 1.55pm on Tuesday (Sept 4) was cancelled.

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

The prime minister, Shinzō Abe, urged residents to "evacuate early" and cancelled a planned trip to Kyushu in Japan's south-west to oversee the government's response.

More than 700 flights were cancelled, along with scores of ferries and trains, NHK said.

Primary and middle schools in affected areas were closed while regional businesses also reacted quickly, with a major railway firm and Universal Studios Japan in Osaka shutting down for Tuesday.

Japan has been struck with extreme weather over the past few months. In Japan, evacuation orders are not mandatory and people often stay at home, only to be trapped by rapidly rising water or sudden landslides.

It has already left tens of thousands without power and authorities have urged people to move to safety.

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