Japan’s strongest typhoon in 25 years Jebi wrecks havoc

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Japan issued evacuation advisories for more than a million people and canceled hundreds of flights as Typhoon Jebi sliced across the west on Tuesday, cutting power, overturning cars and killing at least six people.

NHK public television said 126 people were injured. A total of 610 people were injured in 28 out of 47 Japan's prefectures.

Almost 800 flights were canceled, according to Japanese media reports, while the Shinkansen bullet train services between Tokyo and Hiroshima were also suspended. The toll in the most powerful typhoon to hit Japan in a quarter century rose on September 5 to nine, with thousands stranded at a major airport because of storm damage.

About 3,000 people spent the night at Kansai International Airport after a tanker ship hit the bridge connecting the offshore airport and the city of Izumisano, NHK said.

The tanker was towed away early Wednesday, but due to the blackout and heavy flooding, the airport will be closed temporarily.

Up to some 2.3 million households suffered blackouts after the storm ripped through the region, Jiji reported, while evacuation advisories were issued at one point for almost 1.2 million people, with another 16,000 under stronger - though still not mandatory - evacuation orders.

Japan is regularly hit by powerful typhoons in the summer and autumn, many of which cause flooding and landslides in rural areas. It is the third-biggest airport in the country by passenger numbers after Tokyo's Haneda and Narita.

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.

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More than 1.6 million households remained without power in Osaka, Kyoto and four nearby prefectures late on Tuesday, according to Kansai Electric Power Co.

In Kyoto, it brought down part of the ceiling of the tourist magnet's main station, and in Osaka, the high winds peeled scaffolding from a multi-story building.

Primary and middle schools in affected areas 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.

In nearby Nishinomiya in Hyogo prefecture, about 100 cars at a seaside dealership burned after their electrical systems were shorted out by sea water, fire officials and news reports said.

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said that after making landfall in Tokushima Prefecture, the typhoon passed near Kobe and moved into the Sea of Japan.

Television footage showed waves pounding the coastline, sheet metal tumbling across a vehicle park and a truck turned on its side.

Tokyo escaped relatively unscathed, with intermittent squalls.

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