VIDEO: Typhoon Jebi Leaves Trail Of Destruction In Japan

The strongest typhoon to hit Japan’s mainland in 25 years smashed a tanker into a bridge, forcing one of the country’s largest airports to close and hundreds of flight to be canceled.

Typhoon Jebi landed with “very strong” force in Tokushima prefecture Tuesday afternoon, the strongest typhoon to hit the country’s mainland since 1993, said Akihiro Kikuchi, from Japan’s Meteorological Agency.

Winds lashed buildings and whipped up the sea, yanking an 89-meter-long tanker, the Houunmaru, from its anchorage and ramming it into the bridge connecting Kansai Airport with the mainland.

Boat Crashes Into Bridge

Images showed the ship’s upper decks smashed against the bridge, dislodging a portion of the road and forcing authorities to close it to traffic.

Eleven crew members were on board, but no one was injured in the incident, Coast Guard spokesman Keita Sakai said.

Typhoon Jebi Hits Japan

As the typhoon continued to batter Japan’s main island of Honshu, nine cities and towns issued compulsory evacuation orders. A further 53 issued non-compulsory evacuation orders.

Towns and cities in the prefectures of Gifu, Aichi, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Nara and Wakayama on Honshu, along with Tokushima, Kagawa, and Kochi on the island of Shikoku have been affected

Typhoon Wrecs Havoc

Almost 14,000 residents have been moved to around 5,000 refuge zones, mostly town halls, and school gyms, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.

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