At least six killed by Typhoon Jebi, Kansai International Airport flooded
04 September, 2018, 19:17 | Author: Bert Pena
Dramatic video emerged showing Typhoon Jebi causing the roof of Kyoto train station to smash, causing commuters on the concourse below to sprint for safety as it came crashing down. There were no reports of injuries.
The transport ministry said the airport closed all of its runways at noon and shut down the entire facility from 3 p.m. due to flooding.
"I'm surprised that the switched-off ferris wheel began to move with the strong wind".
Flight SQ618, scheduled to leave at 1.25am on Wednesday, has also been cancelled.
Japanese media reported that flights to and from the region had been cancelled and some train service suspended.
It is the first typhoon to land on Japan with a maximum sustained wind speed of 44 meters or more per second since the 13th typhoon of 1993, according to the agency.
As the storm approached, Abe called a disaster response meeting and cancelled a trip to western Japan.
Japan's weather has been extreme in the past few months, with record breaking heat as well as the devastating floods and landslides, while Typhoon Cimarron passed over western Japan within the last two weeks.
Top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga encouraged the public to "evacuate early" and said at a news conference that the government will "take all possible means" to prepare for a possible crisis.
Jebi would follow Typhoon Cimaron, which made landfall on August 23 and disrupted transport but went easy on injuries and property damage.
People try to hold umbrellas in strong wind triggered by Jebi in Osaka.
More than one million people have been urged to evacuate their homes as Typhoon Jebi brought winds of up to 135mph to parts of the country.
The storm left more than one million households without power and 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.
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