Typhoon Hagibis is inching toward Japan and its busy capital Tokyo. The gigantic storm is expected to make landfall on Saturday as the country braces for life-threatening conditions. The large and violent monster storm is moving north-northwest at 15mph, packings winds of 157mph as of 9am on Friday morning.
- Typhoon Hagibis has been categorised as one of the strongest storms of the year.
- The storm is now closing in on Japan and is expected to hit wide areas of the nation this weekend.
- Wide areas across eastern, western and northern Japan will be affected by strong winds as well as torrential and sustained heavy rain that bring the risk of floods and landslide.
- Storm surges are expected across the coast of eastern Japan on Saturday and Sunday.
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- More than 1,600 flights have been cancelled and train operators warned of major disruptions.
- Formula 1 has cancelled all activities at the Japanese Grand Prix on Saturday as Typhoon Hagibis approaches.
- Typhoon Hagibis has forced two Rugby World Cup matches to be cancelled.
- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe requested his Cabinet to take all measures to prepare for Typhoon Hagibis.
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2.17pm update: Emergency warnings ‘likely’ on Friday
Japan’s Meteorological Agency official Yasushi Kajihara said it may issue an emergency warning on Friday.
This because Hagibis is likely to bring strong winds and high waves, as well as record heavy rainfall over wide areas.
Mr Kajihara called on people to evacuate as quickly as possible to protect their lives.
He said violent winds and rough seas are expected in wide areas, mainly in eastern Japan, from Saturday through Sunday.
1.15pm update: Record rainfall could lead to more deaths than Typhoon Kanogawa in 1958
Japan’s Meteorological Agency official Yasushi Kajihara said winds could reach record speeds in some places this weekend.
He also added Hagibis could bring rainfall on the same level as the “Kanogawa Typhoon” of 1958.
Kanogawa left more than 1,200 people dead or missing in Shizuoka and the Kanto region.
Mr Kajihara also warned the entire nation to be on the alert for violent winds, high waves, flooding in low-lying areas, swollen rivers and storm surges.