Astounding Images And Videos Of Japan's Deadly Typhoon Jebi In Action

Astounding Images And Videos Of Japan's Deadly Typhoon Jebi In Action

About 5,000 people stranded at Kansai International Airport were being transported out via a high-speed boat as authorities sought to clean up the devastation left behind by Typhoon Jebi.

Typhoon Jebi arrived in Osaka on Tuesday, and its fierce winds swept a product tanker into the bridge between the Kansai International Airport and the mainland.

Airport officials began transferring the stranded passengers to nearby Kobe airport by high-speed boats and buses on Wednesday morning, the government said.

As many as 3,000 people had been stranded at the airport, which is built on an artificial island, after a tanker crashed into the bridge connecting it with the mainland.

Jebi was the strongest typhoon to make landfall in Japan since 1993, according to Japan's Kyodo News service.

Businesses in western Japan were reeling Wednesday from the impact of a powerful typhoon that devastated the area the previous day, causing disruptions to supply chains, stores and tourism operations.

Japan's meteorological agency said that the storm had downgraded to a low pressure system as it crossed the Sea of Japan early Wednesday, but cautioned that it was still moving, with winds reaching 100mph, NHK reports.

Television footage showed waves pounding the coastline amid warnings that high tides later today would coincide with the storm's passage.

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One of two runways at Kansai International Airport, which sits on a man-made island in Osaka Bay, was flooded in the afternoon, according to Kansai Airports, the airport operator.

In all, at least 10 people were killed, and hundreds more injured by Typhoon Jebi as it smashed through the major manufacturing area around Osaka wrecking infrastructure and destroying homes. Police in Osaka reported five more deaths in the prefecture, some due to flying objects, and others due to falling from apartments.

Winds up to 216 kilometers (135 miles) per hour tore off roofs, overturned trucks on bridges and swept a 2,500-ton tanker into a bridge leading to the airport, the region's main worldwide gateway and a national transport hub.

The strongest typhoon to hit Japan in 25 years made landfall on September 4, the country's weather agency said, bringing violent winds and heavy rainfall that prompted evacuation warnings.

It made landfall on Shikoku island around noon local time on Tuesday then made its way toward Honshu, Japan's largest island.

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

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe canceled a planned trip to Kyushu, Japan's southernmost main island, to supervise response efforts, according to AP.

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