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Japan's Strongest Typhoon In 25 Years Kills At Least Nine

Japan has been hit by its strongest typhoon in 25 years, causing at least nine deaths and 160 injuries.

Typhoon Jebi slammed into the west coast of Japan, bringing maximum winds of 216 kilometres an hour and heavy rain.

The powerful gusts ripped sheeting from rooftops, overturned trucks on bridges and swept a 2,591-ton tanker anchored in Osaka Bay into a bridge leading to Kansai International Airport.

The damage to the bridge left the airport, which is on an artificial island, cut off from the mainland, and around 3,000 people were stranded at the facility.

Parts of the airport's runways and basement were also flooded after high waves whipped up by the storm washed into the facility.

The transport ministry official said, a boat service was ferrying people from the airport to nearby kobe.