Typhoon set to bring rain, powerful winds to much of Japan

Super Typhoon Jebi Is the typhoon strengthening? Will it make landfall in Japan

Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture, had a rainfall of 85.5 millimeters in just one hour until around 1:10 p.m.

It had a central atmospheric pressure of 950 hectopascals with a maximum wind speed of 162 kph and a maximum instantaneous wind velocity of 216 kph.

Japan's weather agency warned of possible landslides, flooding, high tides, lightning and tornadoes across a swathe of the country.

The typhoon, the 21st of the season, is striking the area of the country that is home to Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe.

Japan has issued evacuation advisories for more than one million people, according to the Reuters news agency.

He also instructed his cabinet to "take all measures possible".

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a meeting of the government and ruling parties on Tuesday that Japan has been struck by a number of powerful storms and typhoons recently and the government must be prepared in advance of Jebi's arrival.

Toyko has remained largely unscathed from the storm but will face high winds and heavy rain.

Jebi's predicted course will bring it close to parts of western Japan hit by rains and flooding that killed more than 200 people in July.

Authorities warn that when it makes landfall later today, it could be the strongest storm to do so in Japan in a quarter of a century.

In Tokushima Prefecture, wind and rain strengthened after it made landfall.

A couple watches waves hitting a coast of Shirahara town.

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Another man in his 60s fell two metres into a rice paddy field in Mima city, the report said.

ANA Holdings Inc. and Japan Airlines Co cancelled a total of 585 domestic and 13 global flights, and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cancelled a planned trip to Fukuoka in the southern island of Kyushu to deal with the disaster response.

Ferocious winds are forecast for west and east Japan through September 5, while the sea between Shikoku island and the Tokai region is expected to be extremely rough. "I was planning to go to Kyoto, but I'm not yet able to make up my mind", he said.

Some companies recommended their employees to work from home on Tuesday.

"This is frightful. I might not be able to return" for a while, she said.

Jebi has a similar trajectory to Typhoon Cimaron which made landfall on August 23, disrupting transport but causing limited damage and few injuries.

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NHK also showed footage of a 100-metre (328-feet) tall ferris wheel in Osaka turning furiously in the strong wind despite being switched off.

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