Typhoon Jebi in Photos

WATCH: Parts of Japan are being evacuated as it expects the biggest storm in 25 years

WATCH: Parts of Japan are being evacuated as it expects the biggest storm in 25 years

A powerful typhoon has slammed into western Japan, causing heavy rain to flood the region's main global airport and strong winds to blow a tanker into a bridge.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Wednesday afternoon about 470 people were injured.

Japan's meteorological agency said that the storm had downgraded to a low pressure system as it crossed the Sea of Japan early Wednesday, but cautioned that it was still moving, with winds reaching 100mph, NHK reports.

Kansai International Airport is built on two artificial islands in Osaka Bay, and the high seas flooded one of the runways, cargo storage and other facilities, said the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. Toshiba Memory, the world's second-largest maker of flash memory chips, was monitoring developments closely and may need to ship products from other airports if Kansai remains closed, a spokeswoman said.

Footage on NHK showed a 100-metre (328-foot) tall ferris wheel in Osaka spinning furiously in the strong wind despite being switched off.

Jebi, briefly a super typhoon, is the most powerful storm to hit Japan in 25 years.

Powerful Typhoon "Jebi" took the lives of 11 people in the West of Japan.

A tanker smashed into Kansai Airport Bridge, which connects the mainland in Osaka Prefecture to the airport, at 14:40pm (local time) according to the Japan Coast Guard, leaving thousands of people stranded.

In the tourist magnet of Kyoto - home to ancient temples and shrines - it brought down part of the ceiling of the main railway station, while in nearby Osaka, the high winds peeled scaffolding from a multi-storey building.

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Japanese media tallied at least nine deaths, and the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said almost 300 people were injured.

It is also known that because of the strong wind and rain canceled more than 600 domestic flights, suspended the movement of trains.

Businesses, factories, and schools in the affected area shut down while the storm barreled across the country, forcing the cancelation of hundreds of flights and ferry services.

Jebi had a similar trajectory to Typhoon Cimaron which made landfall on August 23, disrupting transport but causing limited damage and few injuries.

According to the BBC, over a million people were evacuated from low-lying areas with imminent threats of waves, floods, and devastating mudslides.

More than 1.6 million households were without power in Osaka, Kyoto, and four nearby prefectures late Tuesday, according to Kansai Electric Power Co.

Japan usually suffers the attacks of typhoons in summer, but this year has been particularly hard.

The country has been sweating through a record, deadly heatwave that was preceded by record rainfall in parts of western and central Japan that killed over 200 people.

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