Typhoon Hagibis is heading straight for Japan and could hit Tokyo directly on Saturday. The large and violent monster storm is currently located 250 miles west of Chichijima, in the Ogasawara Islands, and is moving north-northwest at 15mph. Packings winds of 157mph as of 9am on Friday morning, Hagibis could put millions of lives at risk in this weekend.
Typhoon Hagibis has been categorised as one of the strongest storms of the year as wind gusts of 195mph were recorded earlier this week.
The storm is now closing in on Japan and is expected to hit wide areas of the nation this weekend.
At the moment, the typhoon is moving northwards over the Pacific to the south of Japan’s main island Honshu.
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.
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Storm surges are expected across the coast of eastern Japan on Saturday and Sunday.
More than 900 flights have been cancelled and train operators warned of major disruptions.
The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) warned on Friday houses could collapse if strong winds of up to 135mph hit the Tokai region and the Kanto-Koshin area, including the Tokyo metropolitan area, on Saturday.
Local authorities are also on alert for possible flooding because the storm could make landfall at the same time as it is high tide in Tokyo Bay.
A final decision on Sunday’s games will be made that morning.
It has also been announced flights are expected to be grounded on Saturday.
Japan Airlines Co. cancelled several flights on Friday, and most flights will be grounded on Saturday except for a few early morning flights.
ANA Holdings Inc. said it cancelled all its roughly 370 domestic flights scheduled for Saturday, and almost all international flights.
Other airlines will also cancel a number of flights and access to airports via trains and busses will be affected due to Typhoon Hagibis.
Due to Typhoon Hagibis, JR companies have decided to cancel some trains including Shinkansen on Saturday morning.
Tokaido Shinkansen (between Tokyo and Nagoya) and Sanyo Shinkansen (between Nagoya and Shin-Osaka, Shin-Osaka and Okayama) will also suspend their services.
People are urged to remain indoors, check typhoon-related updates regularly and follow the advice of local authorities including any evacuation orders and ensure you have basic food provisions.
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