Stranded People Leave Flooded Airport After Typhoon in Japan

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One of Japan's busiest airports remained closed indefinitely, a day after the strongest typhoon to hit Japan in at least 25 years flooded a runway, toppled huge cranes, flipped cars on their side, damaged historic shrines and caused at least 11 deaths as it swept across part of Japan's main island.

Damage from fallen panels due to weather patterns from Typhoon Jebi are seen on a street in Osaka on September 4, 2018, as the typhoon made landfall around midday in southwestern Japan. Another man in his 70s apparently died after falling from the roof of his house, NHK said, adding that more than more than160 people had suffered mostly minor injuries.

An aerial view shows flooded parking bays on Tuesday night at Kansai airport, which is built on a man-made island in a bay, after Typhoon Jebi hit the area, in Izumisano.

Almost 800 flights were cancelled, along with scores of ferries and trains, NHK said.

Arriving on land, Jebi packed winds of up to 162 kilometres per hour at its centre, making it a "very strong" typhoon, the weather agency's chief forecaster Ryuta Kurora told AFP.

For a brief moment, it was considered a "super typhoon" because of its power.

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Flights, trains and ferries were cancelled but thousands of passengers stranded at Osaka's worldwide airport have since been evacuated.

In the historical city of Kyoto - home to ancient temples and shrines - it brought down part of the ceiling of the main railway station, while in nearby Osaka, the high winds peeled scaffolding from a multistory building.

It is also known that because of the strong wind and rain canceled more than 600 domestic flights, suspended the movement of trains.

Over 1 million people were advised to evacuate as heavy winds and rains started picking up, Reuters reports, citing the fire and disaster management agency.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged people to evacuate early and ordered his government to take all necessary measures to protect residents.

But by afternoon many people had been rescued by bus or ferried by ship from the airport, where puddles still stood on the main runway after it was inundated on Tuesday.

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Up to 2.4 million homes and buildings were left without power due to the typhoon, although by early Wednesday the flow had been restored in more than half of them.

Universal Studios Japan in Osaka shut down along with factories for several large manufacturers, including vehicle maker Toyota.

Typhoon Jebi came ashore with sustained winds of 100 miles per hour, cutting a path of destruction in and around Osaka and nearby cities that bore the brunt of the storm.

Japan is now in its annual typhoon season, and is regularly struck by major storm systems during the summer and autumn.

Some of the areas affected are still recovering from devastating record rains that killed at least 200 people over the summer.

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