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WATCH: Powerful Japan typhoon kills 10, thousands stranded

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A powerful typhoon killed 10 people in western Japan, the government said on Wednesday, as an airport company started to transfer some 3,000 stranded passengers by boats from a flooded airport.

Thousands of tourists stayed overnight at Kansai International Airport, the nation's third busiest and an important hub for Japanese companies to export semiconductors. Television footage showed staff handing out drinks to people camping out in the departure terminal.

Airport officials began transferring people to nearby Kobe airport by high-speed boats and buses on Wednesday morning to the relief of the stranded passengers. It was uncertain when the airport would reopen and some roads and train lines in the affected areas were still closed.

About 100 cars at a used car auction site caught fire in typhoon-ravaged western Japan on Tuesday.

Japanese broadcaster TBS footage showed fire and smoke coming from the parked cars at the auction site, facing the coastline in Nishinomiya.

The cause of the fire hasn't yet been confirmed, but police investigating the fire are connecting it to the typhoon.

Typhoon Jebi slammed into western Japan, causing heavy rain to flood the region's main offshore international airport and strong winds to blow a tanker into a bridge, disrupting land and air travel.
The storm left at least two people dead.

Jebi was the strongest typhoon to make landfall in Japan since 1993, according to Japan's Kyodo News service.