Fuertes olas estrellaron ccontra los muelles y dañaron la infraestrucctura mercante...(Ichiro Sakano / Associated Press)
A truck sitting at an angle after being blown over by strong winds caused by Typhoon Jebi on Japan’s Shikoku island.(Kagawa Prefectural Police)
Pedestrians using umbrellas struggle against strong wind and rain in Tokyo.(Kimimasa Mayama / EPA/Shutterstock)
Más de 400,000 viviendas en el oeste y el centro de Japón seguían sin luz el miércoles, y las empresas eléctricas advirtieron que recuperar el servicio en su totalidad podría demorar algún tiempo.(AFP/Getty Images)
Alrededor de 3,000 pasajeros de aerolíneas que tuvieron que pasar la noche en el aeropuerto de Kansai, levantado en las islas artificiales de la bahía de Osaka. Fueron evacuados en barcos y autobuses.(Buddhika Weerasinghe / EPA/Shutterstock )
A powerful typhoon slammed into western Japan on Tuesday, causing heavy rain to flood the region’s main offshore international airport and strong winds to blow a tanker into a bridge, disrupting land and air travel. The storm left at least two people dead.
Jebi was the strongest typhoon to make landfall in Japan since 1993, according to Japan’s Kyodo News service.
The storm was heading north across a swath of Japan’s main island of Honshu toward the Sea of Japan. It was off the northern coast of Fukui on Tuesday evening with sustained winds of 78 mph and gusts up to 110 mph, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
A man in his 70s died, apparently after being blown to the ground from his apartment in Osaka prefecture, while a 71-year-old man died after being buried underneath a storage house that collapsed on him, officials said.
NHK national television said 126 people were injured in the storm.
In the hard-hit city of Osaka, high seas poured into Kansai International Airport, flooding one of its two runways and cargo storage and other facilities, forcing the airport to shut down, said the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.
More than 700 flights were canceled, according to Japanese media tallies. High-speed bullet train service was suspended from Tokyo west to Hiroshima.
A 2,591-ton tanker that was mooring slammed into the side of a bridge connecting the airport to the mainland, damaging part of the bridge and the vessel. The tanker’s 11 crew members were not injured and remained on board, according to Japan’s coast guard.
Elsewhere in Osaka, the Universal Studios Japan theme park and U.S. Consulate were both closed. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe canceled a scheduled trip to Kyushu, Japan’s southernmost main island, to oversee the government’s response to the typhoon, said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.
The typhoon first made landfall on Japan’s southwestern island of Shikoku and then again near Kobe on Honshu. Television images showed fallen tree branches and high seas overflowing onto low-lying areas.
Tokyo escaped relatively unscathed, with some intermittent squalls.