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Typhoon hits western Japan, floods Kansai airport

September, 4, 2018

Published on Sep 4, 2018

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- A powerful typhoon made landfall in the west of the country on Tuesday afternoon, leaving at least one dead and five injured, while strong winds and high waves closed Kansai International Airport and caused a ship to smash into a bridge linking the airport with the mainland.

After passing the southern part of Tokushima Prefecture, the typhoon passed near Kobe and moved into the Sea of Japan, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. Flights and train services were canceled in the Kinki region and elsewhere, while factories and commercial facilities such as Universal Studios Japan, a popular theme park in Osaka, were closed.

Several people were injured at Kyoto Station when part of the glass ceiling collapsed due to the strong wind, local police said.

In western Japan, a number of trucks were tipped over by the wind on a highway, police said. Another truck was nearly blown off a bridge connecting Shikoku island and the main island of Honshu.

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In Osaka Bay, the anchored tanker was swept toward the bridge connecting Kansai airport and the city of Izumisano in Osaka Prefecture, according to the Japan Coast Guard. The tanker and bridge have both been damaged but the ship's crew were unhurt.

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

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