Powerful typhoon Vongfong struck Japan on 13 October 2014. The typhoon made its landfall in Makurazaki on Kyushu Island with winds of up to 180 kilometers per hour.
Typhoon Vongfong that is the strongest storm to hit Japan in 2014 had injured more than 30 people and led to cancellation of more than 300 flights, while hundreds of thousands had to evacuate their homes. It brought heavy rain and fierce winds to the southern island of Okinawa with it.
Vongfong means wasp in Cantonese is categorised as a super-typhoon after it picked up strength through several South Pacific islands, including Guam.
Earlier in the first week of October 2014, Japan was hit be Typhoon Phanfone that killed at least nine people as per Japan’s Kyodo news agency. The killed people included three US military servicemen in Okinawa who were washed out to sea.
When: 13 October 2014