Japan issues evacuation advisories as typhoon Jebi approaches

Japan issues evacuation advisories as typhoon Jebi approaches

According to the latest update from the Japan Meteorological Agency, the typhoon is moving Northeast at a speed of 45 kilometres an hour.

The storm has paralyzed Japan's second-largest population center, with flights and trains canceled across the Kansai region, companies forced to temporarily close their plants, and power cut to more than 350,000 homes and offices.

Evacuation advisories were issued for 1.19 million people in western and central Japan, with another 16,000 people issued with stronger but non-mandatory evacuation orders.

"Jebi should weaken while tracking across Japan into Wednesday, though it can still be a typhoon during much of its path".

Jebi is the fourth typhoon to make landfall in Japan this season.

A powerful typhoon blew through western Japan on Tuesday, causing heavy rain to flood the region's main offshore worldwide airport and high winds to blow a tanker into a connecting bridge, disrupting land and air travel.

Amid strong winds and storm surges, Kansai International Airport, built on an artificial island nearly directly in the cyclone's path, suffered flooding to its runway and terminal building.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a meeting of the government and ruling parties on Tuesday that Japan has been struck by a number of powerful storms and typhoons recently and the government must be prepared in advance of Jebi's arrival.

Typhoon Jebi was heading north across a swath of Japan's main island of Honshu towards the Sea of Japan.

He also instructed his cabinet to "take all measures possible".

Elsewhere in Osaka, the Universal Studios Japan theme park and U.S. Consulate were both closed.

Televised footage showed waves hammer into the Japanese coastline and is expected to cause high tides later today.

More than 200 people were killed when Typhoon Prapiroon churned through the country less than two months ago.

The sustained rain caused widespread flooding and landslides in July, devastating entire villages and forcing thousands from their homes.

Deadly rains, landslides, floods and record-breaking heat have also killed hundreds of people in 2018.

Since the disaster, authorities have urged people to take evacuation warnings more seriously and prepare to evacuate immediately when the warnings are issued.