2,600-Tonne Tanker Ship Smashes Into Bridge As Japan Experiences Strongest Storm In 25 Years

A tanker is blown into a bridge in Japan NHK World Japan

Typhoon Jebi has caused destruction and devastation in Japan; leaving at least six people dead and 150 more injured at the time of writing (September 4).

This is reportedly the worst storm to hit the country for a quarter of a century, bringing colossal waves, extreme flooding and 135mph winds in its wake.

Some of the most dramatic images show a 2,591-tonne tanker colliding with a bridge at Kansai International Airport, which is situated on a manmade island known as Osaka Bay. The airport had been closed after runways and basement areas became submerged by floodwater.

Damage has been reported to both the tanker and the bridge, which connects the airport to the mainland city of Izumisano. Fortunately, nobody was injured during the crash, with the tanker having been empty at the time.

This is not the only incident caused by this recent catastrophic weather. According to the Evening Standard, part of a glass ceiling at Kyoto station collapsed, injuring several people, while a number of vehicles were blown sideways on a motorway.

As the dangerous weather continues, evacuation advisories have now been issued for 1.19 million people, as well as a non-mandatory evacuation order for a further 16,000 people. Many of those advised to head for the 1,500 temporary shelters are reported to live in the city of Kobe, MailOnline reports.

The weather agency has warned citizens of landslides, flooding and powerful winds, as well as high tides, lightning and tornadoes. Tens of thousands of people have been left without power, while hundreds of flights, trains and ferries have been cancelled.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has urged citizens to evacuate early; ordering government officials to take all possible measures to protect public safety:

I urge the Japanese people to take action to protect your lives, including preparing and evacuating early.

People in Japan have been reporting their personal experiences of the unusually violent weather over social media, alongside images of the terrifying storm.

Some have spoken about lost electricity and emergency snacks. One person shared footage of a delivery man continuing to work in the storm, while another shared a video of a heron battling the raging winds.

One person tweeted:

Me and my mother landed at this airport in Osaka a couple days ago and now its all under water because of Typhoon Jebi. We just left Osaka in time, hope everybody there is ok!

A self professed ‘Hardcore Hurricane Chaser’ said:

12:38 pm. We were in #Typhoon #JEBI’s right eyewall in Gobo, getting raked. The wind made a constant, high-pitched howl, bordering on a scream. Felt like more than a Cat 1. It had edge.

According to BBC News, Jebi is the first typhoon to be categorised as ‘very strong by Japan’s weather agency to make landfall on the country’s main islands since 1993 when Typhoon Yancy, led to 48 fatalities in Japan.

Our thoughts are with all those who have been affected by Typhoon Jebi.

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