Ship smashes into Kansai airport bridge as typhoon hits Japan

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

It raked across the western part of the largest main island, Honshu, near the city of Kobe, several hours later, heading rapidly north.

AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls said: "Jebi will be the seventh named storm to impact Japan this year and comes on the heels of Cimaron, which slammed into Japan less than two weeks ago".

Jebi - whose name means "swallow" in Korean - is the latest harsh weather to hit Japan this season following deadly rains, landslides, floods and record-breaking heat that killed hundreds of people.

A police officer falls over in strong winds triggered by typhoon Jebi.

Recent years have seen an increase in the number of typhoons directly hitting Japan, with at least four making landfall every year since 2014.

Around 3.9 in. of rain fell in Kyoto in the storm's first hour, with as much as 20 in. expected by noon Wednesday; a few people have already been injured by heavy winds.

Railway services were canceled beforehand in the Kinki region, and many retail businesses announced that they would be closed on September 4.

More than 700 flights have been canceled, according to Japanese media tallies.

The airport's runway and the basement floor of a terminal building have been flooded, according to airport officials.

Local media said more than a million households were left without power by the storm, and evacuation advisories were issued for almost 1.2 million people, though only another 16,000 were under stronger - though still not mandatory - evacuation orders.

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

Authorities called on residents to avoid any unnecessary trips outside, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe canceled a planned trip to Fukuoka in the southern island of Kyushu to deal with the disaster response. Schools in the affected areas have also been shut indefinitely.

The flooding and landslides proved so deadly in part because many people did not heed evacuation advisories, which are not mandatory. Shinkansen bullet train services between Tokyo and Hiroshima were suspended and Universal Studios Japan, a popular amusement park near Osaka, was closed.

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