Japan Ravaged By Deadly Typhoon: See the Most Shocking Photos of Worst Storm in 25 Years
Typhoon Jebi Slams Japan
Typhoon Jebi made landfall in Japan around noon on Tuesday local time and is being called the most powerful storm to strike the country in 25 years by Japan's meteorological agency. Among the dramatic photos of the storm's impact surfacing, are these of massive waves hitting a breakwater in the town of Aki, Kochi prefecture, in western Japan.
Landfall in Southern Japan
The storm, which has now passed over the southern islands and is back at sea and heading north, is bringing storm surges, high winds and torrential rains. Landslides and tornados are also possible, according to reporting from the BBC.
During an emergency meeting called by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the leader told citizens "to take action to protect your lives, including preparing and evacuating early," the BBC reports.
Lives Lost and Buildings Damaged
Passengers Stranded at Flooded Airport
Osaka's Kansai airport was completely washed out due to a storm surge. Water covered both runways and forced the cancelation of hundreds of flights, CNN reports. When the airport closed, 2,600 people stranded inside, according to the New York Times.
Collission at Sea
A tanker ship that was out at sea was washed into Osaka Bay where it collided with the bridge that leads to Kansai airport. Japan Times reports that none of the 11 crew members on board were injured.
Nine cities and towns are under mandatory evacuation from Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency, forcing 16,000 residents from their homes. Another 1.2 million have been given non-compulsory evactuation orders, according to the New York Times.
High winds have caused trucks to wobble and even tip over in several instances, including this one in Osaka, adding to the chaos.
The Last Worst Typhoon
Jebi is being compared to a storm that occured in 1993 and left 48 dead or missing. The current system has recorded wind gusts of 102 miles per hour, which is the equivalent of a Category 1 hurricane, and has so far dropped 20 inches of rain, says CNN.
A Summer of Extreme Weather
Jebi is only the latest blow in a season of terrifying weather in Japan. Last week, Typhoon Cimaron slammed the islands. In July, the country was hit by deadly landslides and flooding, which left more than 200 dead.