Typhoon Jelawat pushed over parts of Japan this past weekend, with the hardest hit area in Okinawa on September 29, 2012, where winds supported a Category 2 storm. Winds in Okinawa were estimated around 100-110 miles per hour. Parts of Japan experienced heavy rain and gusty winds as Jelawat pushed to the northeast and slowly weakened as it encountered land and more wind shear. By Sunday evening (September 30), Jelawat had weakened into a tropical storm as it pushed over Tokyo, Japan. Check out these videos of Jelawat as it approached Okinawa, Japan.
James Reynolds produced this first video, showing Typhoon Jelawat slamming Okinawa on September 29, 2012.
In the second video, keep an eye on the white car located at the top center of the frame. Winds were strong enough to blow vehicles away!
According to the Associated Press, Typhoon Jelawat left approximately 145 people with minor injuries with the hardest hit area around Okinawa. Tens of thousands of people are without power, and as of now, there has been one casualty.
Bottom line: Videos showing strong winds, damage to buildings and even a car being swept away by wind as Super Typhoon Jelawat hit Okinawa Japan on September 29, 2012, then pushed on to Tokyo. Okinawa seems to have been the hardest hit area, with one reported casualty, and 145 people left with minor injuries. Tens of thousands of people are still without power.
When he's not keeping EarthSky's community up-to-date on global weather happenings, meteorologist Matt Daniel is the weekend Meteorologist for 13WMAZ (CBS) in Macon, Georgia. He is also a freelance weather producer for CNN. He has contributed to articles to MSN Weather and worked with the National Weather Service. Matt graduated from The University of Georgia where he obtained a degree in Geography and a certificate in Atmospheric Sciences and Music Business. He has a passion for helping to keep people safe when severe weather strikes and says if you don't have a NOAA Weather Radio ... you should get one.