The worst storm to hit Japan in 25 years has killed at least 10 people and left cars wrecked after they were engulfed in flames.

Typhoon Jebi, thought to be the worst storm in Japan since 1993, swept across part of the main island, causing some 100 cars at a seaside dealership in Nishinomiya to catch ablaze after their electrical systems were shorted out by sea water.

In Osaka, the Universal Studios Japan theme park remained closed for a second straight day. A news release said it would open again on Thursday.

Hundreds of cars were wrecked after catching fire during Typhoon Jebi (Reuters)
The worst storm to hit Japan in 25 years caused untold damage (Bloomberg)

People were left stranded at a flooded offshore airport overnight and more than one million households remained without power on Wednesday morning.

Japanese broadcaster NHK showed aerial footage of a boat and a caravan of buses transporting about 3,000 people from Kansai International Airport across a partially damaged bridge.

The airport that serves Osaka, one of Japan’s largest cities, remains closed.

The typhoon peeled roofs off buildings, toppled power poles and damaged businesses as it crossed Japan’s main island on Tuesday.

Japanese media tallied at least nine deaths, and the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said more than 200 people were injured.

Jebi, reportedly the strongest typhoon to make landfall in 25 years, has been downgraded to a tropical storm and is heading north of Japan.

Destroyed vehicles could be seen stacked up following the blaze (Reuters)
High waves triggered by Typhoon Jebi are seen at a fishing port in Aki, Kochi Prefecture, western Japan (Reuters)

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