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.
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.
Matt Daniel is weekend Meteorologist for 13WMAZ (CBS) in Macon, Georgia, and founder of the blog Athens GA Weather. He's a self-described "big weather and music geek" and has produced weather content for CNN, MSN Weather and EarthSky. 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.