Typhoon Jebi Winds Rip Roof off Osaka Building

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

Typhoon Jebi landed with "very strong" force in Tokushima prefecture in the early afternoon, the strongest typhoon to hit the country's mainland since 1993, said Akihiro Kikuchi, from Japan's Meteorological Agency.

Typhoon Jebi slammed into the west coast of Japan around noon on Tuesday, bringing maximum winds of 216 kilometres (135 miles) an hour and heavy rain.

A man in his 70s died apparently after being blown to the ground from his apartment in Osaka prefecture, while a 71-year-old died when a storage unit collapsed on him, officials said.

"I was anxious as I could not get information", Yamada said after arriving at Kobe airport on the first boat from Kansai International Airport.

Typhoon Jebi, with winds of up to 216km/h, made landfall around midday in southwestern Japan near areas still recovering from deadly record rain earlier this summer.

The airport remained closed on Wednesday, leading to the cancellation of 162 flights, and it is still unknown when it will be back to normal operation, Kyodo News said.

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In central Osaka, the wind sent a 100-metre-tall ferris wheel into a furious spin, even though its power had been cut off.

Japan was struggling to clean up after being hit by what experts have called the biggest typhoon to strike the country in 25 years.

Typhoon Jebi was the strongest storm to hit Japan in a quarter of a century.

Hundreds of flights have been canceled after flooding forced Osaka's main worldwide airport to close leaving thousands of tourists stranded.

Elsewhere, the winds whipped away part of the ceiling from Kyoto station and peeled off multi-storey scaffolding attached to a building in Osaka.

The airlines, which had suspended about 800 flights on Tuesday, again cancelled about 160 on Wednesday, according to NHK data.

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Up to some 2.3 million households suffered blackouts after the storm ripped through the region, Jiji reported, while evacuation advisories were issued at one point for almost 1.2 million people, with another 16,000 under stronger - though still not mandatory - evacuation orders.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took to Twitter to post updates about his government's efforts to restore normalcy in the affected areas.

Primary and middle schools in affected areas are closed for safety reasons, while regional businesses also reacted quickly, with a major railway firm and Universal Studios Japan in Osaka shutting down for Tuesday.

Power outages in the aftermath of the typhoon also forced retailers and restaurant chains to close many outlets.

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

Overall, at least 2.4 million households had lost power in the storm, with service restored to only half by Wednesday morning.

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