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Cailey Rizzo
September 05, 2018

At least 11 people have been killed, tens of thousands evacuated, and hundreds of flights cancelled when Typhoon Jebi made landfall in Japan on Tuesday.

Jebi was the strongest tropical cyclone to hit the country in 25 years, with winds in excess of 129 miles per hour. The Category 3 typhoon hit the western side of Japan Tuesday afternoon, with much of the destruction centered around Osaka. At one point, evacuation advisories affected more than a million people.

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“Wide areas of Western Japan are experiencing transport disruption in the wake of Typhoon Jebi,” theU.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office said in a travel advisory.

The Japanese government said Wednesday that about 600 people have been injured in the storm. Millions of homes are without power.

In Osaka, Universal Studios theme park said it would remain closed until Thursday, September 6. The Tempozan Ferris Wheel, a famous landmark in Osaka, was caught on video spinning rapidly in the winds, even though the ride was closed.

Extensive damage was reported at Osaka Airport. The facility was closed, leaving about 3,000 tourists stranded.

Kansai International Airport was closed after two runways were completely submerged in water. The 5,000 passengers who were stranded at the airport were returned to the mainland on high-speed boat, according to The Independent. Plans to reopen the airport have not yet been announced.

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American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways have issued travel alerts for airports including Fukuoka, Nagoya, Kansai and both Tokyo Airports.

In Kyoto, a section of the train station roof came crumbling to the ground during the storm. Bullet train service was cancelled, according to Reuters.

The capital of Tokyo escaped the full force of the storm, but was still impacted by strong winds and heavy rain.

Those traveling to or around Japan should check with their travel provider before heading to the airport or railway station.

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