Strong Typhoon Jebi Lashes Central, Western Japan


Tokyo, Sept. 4 (Jiji Press)--A very strong typhoon brought heavy rain and strong winds across the Kinki and Shikoku regions of western Japan and the Tokai and Hokuriku central regions on Tuesday.

Typhoon Jebi landed in the southern part of Tokushima Prefecture in Shikoku around noon (3 a.m. GMT). It made a second landfall in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, part of Kinki, around 2 p.m. after traveling over Awaji Island in Hyogo, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The 21st typhoon of the year later reached the Sea of Japan off the city of Maizuru, Kyoto Prefecture, also in Kinki.

The agency warned residents to be on high alert for heavy rain, violent winds, high waves, landslides, inundation of lowland areas and river swelling. The typhoon caused high tides in coastal areas of Kinki.

From Tuesday night to Wednesday morning, Typhoon Jebi is expected to travel north over the Sea of Japan off the Tohoku northeastern region and the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido, and then turn into an extratropical cyclone, the agency said.

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