Huge fuel tanker smashes into bridge during Japan’s strongest storm in 25 years

This is the dramatic moment an enormous fuel tanker crashed into a road bridge near an airport during Japan’s "strongest storm in 25 years" today.

The 2,591-tonne tanker was anchored but the winds in Osaka, Japan, were so fierce, the ship pounded into the structure.

It damaged the bridge but the tanker was empty and none of its 11 crew was injured, the coastguard said.

Nevertheless, the collision and the 135mph gusts caused travel chaos .

Runways at Kansai International Airport were flooded after the vicious weather, dubbed Typhoon Jebi, struck.



Mobile phone services were also disrupted at the transport hub, which last year handled around 28 million passengers.

Tides in some areas were the highest since a typhoon in 1961.

Elsewhere across Japan, people were hurt in landfalls.

Shikoku, the smallest main
 island, suffered multiple landfalls.




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Around 3.9 inches of rain drenched one part of the
 tourist city of Kyoto in an hour, with as much as 20
 inches set to fall in some areas in the 24 hours to noon on
 Wednesday.


Video posted on Twitter showed a small part of the roof of
 Kyoto train station falling to the ground.


More than 700 flights were cancelled, along with scores of
 ferries and trains.

Shinkansen bullet train services
 between Tokyo and Hiroshima were suspended and Universal Studios
 Japan, a popular amusement park near Osaka, was closed.


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