Typhoon expected to make landfall in western Japan Tues. afternoon

Map of Typhoon Jebi

Boats float along with debris during Typhoon Jebi in Nishinomiya City, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan September 4, 2018, in this still image taken from a video obtained from social media.

The agency has urged the public to to remain vigilant against flooding and mudslides spurred by the typhoon.

Jebi - whose name means "swallow" in Korean - is the latest harsh weather to hit Japan this summer.

Heavy rain and strong winds are seen near Tokushima Prefectural Government building in Tokushima.

The storm is expected to make landfall on the country's main island on Tuesday, according to Japan's Meteorological Agency.

Jebi is the fourth typhoon to make landfall in Japan this season.

In the hours before the storm made landfall, Shikoku, one of four Japanese main islands, was already experiencing "violent storms and the storms will get stronger and stronger", he added.

The storm comes as some 27,000 people in Nagato, Yamaguchi Prefecture, were temporarily ordered to evacuate Saturday due to torrential rain.

The JMA said strong winds of up to 216 kph could be expected as Jebi hits the Shikoku and Kinki regions, and gusts of up to 162 kph could affect wide swathes of Japan, spanning the Tohoku, Tokai and Hokuriku regions.

Television footage showed waves pounding the coastline amid warnings of high tides later in the day.

Around 3.4 inches of rain drenched some areas in an hour on this morning, with as much as 20 inches set to fall in the 24 hours to Wednesday morning.

The Universal Studios Japan theme park, one of Osaka's main tourist draws, will shut down for the entire day.

Over 600 flights in Japan were cancelled on Tuesday following a prediction of heavy rainfall and strong winds in certain regions. Toyota Motor Corp said it was cancelling the night shift at 14 plants.

Typhoon Jebi is expected to make landfall around midday Tuesday near areas still recovering from deadly record rains last month.

The country has been sweating through a record deadly heatwave that followed devastating rain in parts of central and western Japan that killed over 200 people.

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