9 killed as Japan hit by strongest typhoon in 25 years

Typhoon Jebi- Massive storm hits Japan

Jebi, which is the strongest typhoon to make landfall in Japan since 1993, headed north across the main island of Honshu on Tuesday.

Damaged traffic boards and telecommunication relay poles are seen after they were brought down by strong winds caused by typhoon Jebi in Osaka on September 4, 2018.

The agency's chief forecaster Ryuta Kurora issued a televised warning for possible landslides, flooding and violent winds, as well as high tides, lightning and tornadoes.

The storm made landfall on Shikoku, the smallest main island, at around noon.

Among the 10 or more deaths reported so far include a man killed in the collapse of a warehouse facility, and a man who fell from the second story of his house, Japan Times reports.

Police said five others died elsewhere in the prefecture after being hit by flying objects or falling from their apartments.

One passenger was slightly injured by shards from a window shattered by the storm. The storm made landfall on Tuesday with winds of up to 130 miles per hour.

They've been stranded over there for a day, after the strong winds and high waves of Typhoon Jebi caused a tanker to crash into the only bridge connecting the airport to the mainland.

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On Wednesday, boats began ferrying people out of the airport, and buses began to run on one side of the damaged bridge after safety inspections. Later on, it was come to know that tanker had no one from the crew and it was empty so no one got damaged or injured.

Dubai carrier Emirates has announced that flights to Japan's Osaka have been cancelled on Tuesday and Wednesday due to Typhoon Jebi.

Almost 600 flights were cancelled, including several worldwide flights departing and arriving at Nagoya and Osaka, along with ferries connecting ports in western Japan.

"It is hard to say what impact this typhoon will have on economic activity, if the [Kansai] airport remains closed for a long time, this will affect tourism revenues in the region", said Koshu Tokunaga, spokesman for the Kansai Economic Federation.

The airport served 28 million passengers last year, and that number is expected to grow as Japan opens up to tourism in recent years to keep its economy going.

Gabi was 21 in a row a tropical storm formed in the Pacific ocean this year. Flight 1951 was in the air for several hours before it turned back to Vancouver early Tuesday.

Factories in the region, including automaker Daihatsu Motor Co. and electronics giant Panasonic, as well as major beverage maker Kirin Co. suspended production at most of its factories in Osaka and nearby prefectures on Tuesday, though majority were expected to resume operation Wednesday, Kyodo News agency reported.

More than 400,000 buildings remained without power in Kansai Electric Power Co.'s service area as of 3 p.m, with as many as 2.1 million buildings having lost power at the height of the storm.

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