Powerful Typhoon Jebi slams into western Japan, tips semi-trailer

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

Super Typhoon Jebi A map shows where the storm will track

The strongest typhoon to hit Japan in quarter century made landfall Tuesday, killing two and injuring dozens, as it battered the west of the country with violent winds and heavy rainfall.

The typhoon later reached the Sea of Japan off Maizuru, Kyoto Prefecture.

Japan has been hit by a succession of typhoons and disasters related to heavy rain, including massive flooding and landslides that left more than 220 people dead in July.

A 2,591-ton tanker that was mooring slammed into the side of a bridge connecting the airport to the mainland, damaging the bridge and making it unusable, leaving about 3,000 passengers stranded at the airport, transport ministry official Mitsuo Nakao said.

Keita Sakai, a spokesman for the Japan Coast Guard, said that 11 people were on board the Houunmaru but that none had been hurt, according to CNN.

From Tuesday night to Wednesday morning, Typhoon No. 21 is expected to travel north over the Sea of Japan off the Tohoku region and Hokkaido, and then turn into an extratropical cyclone, the agency said.

It's now typhoon season in Japan which provides an annual tirade of extreme weather.

Singapore Airlines (SIA) has cancelled four flights to Osaka following the closure of Kansai International Airport due to floods caused by Typhoon Jebi.

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.

High waves hit breakwaters at a port of Aki, Kochi prefecture, western Japan, on Tuesday.

Almost 14,000 people in the region have been moved to refuge zones, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency. Wind gusts of up to 208 km/h were recorded in one part of Shikoku.

Video posted on Twitter showed a small part of the roof of Kyoto train station falling to the ground.

Other video showed roofs being torn off houses, transformers on electric poles exploding and a vehicle scudding on its side across a parking lot.

Hundreds of flights, trains and ferries had to be cancelled.

Primary and middle schools in affected areas are closed for safety reasons, while regional businesses also reacted quickly, with a major railway firm and Universal Studios Japan in Osaka shutting down for Tuesday.

Torrential rain caused temporary power outages affecting about 1.61 million households in Kansai and 95,000 in Shikoku.

Flights scheduled for September 4 and 5 have been cancelled.

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Toyota Motor Corp. halted operations at most of its group plants, with its unit Daihatsu set to make a decision on production later today.

Tokyo escaped relatively unscathed, with some intermittent squalls.

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