Over 500 flights cancelled as Typhoon Jebi bears down on Japan

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Typhoon Jebi arrived in Osaka on Tuesday, and its fierce winds swept a product tanker into the bridge between the Kansai International Airport and the mainland.

At least nine people have been killed and more than 300 injured in wake of typhoon Jebi which battered the coast of Japan, overturning cars, disrupting air traffic, leaving thousands without power and forcing mass evacuations.

Authorities began taking some of those stranded to nearby Kobe Airport, which is also located on an artificial island, by ferry early Wednesday, while others were taken to the mainland by bus.

More than 600 flights have been cancelled by domestic airlines, and among Japan's top two carriers, All Nippon Airways Co. and Japan Airlines Co. have cancelled 289 and 180 flights.

Tides in some areas were the highest since a typhoon in 1961, NHK public television said, with flooding covering the runways at Kansai International Airport in Osaka.

A powerful typhoon accompanied by heavy rain and strong winds was set to make landfall in western Japan on Tuesday as more than 500 flights and many train services were cancelled. A closure of the only worldwide airport serving one of Japan's key business and commercial areas has triggered concerns about its impact on Japan's tourism and economy.

Japan's JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corp shut at least one refining units at its 135,000 barrels-per-day Sakai refinery in Osaka due to typhoon damage to part of the cooling tower, the trade ministry said.

A auto lies upside-down along a road after being blown by typhoon Jebi's strong winds in Osaka on September 4, 2018.

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According to the BBC, over a million people were evacuated from low-lying areas with imminent threats of waves, floods, and devastating mudslides.

Police said others died after being hit by flying objects or falling from their apartments.

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.

It made a second landfall in Kobe around 2 p.m. after traveling over Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The storm also did serious damage to Kansai International Airport, one of Asia's most important airports.

In Osaka, the Universal Studios Japan amusement park and U.S. Consulate were both closed, agencies reported.

"The government will continue to do everything possible to tackle these issues with utmost urgency", Suga told a news conference earlier.

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.

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