1 dead as Typhoon Hagibis approaches Japan

CNN
12 October 2019, Sat
Published: 04:37

1 dead as Typhoon Hagibis approaches Japan

Japan was bracing on Saturday for Typhoon Hagibis that was approaching the country with hurricane-force winds on Saturday.

Japan's Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued the highest warning on Saturday, an "Emergency Weather Warning (Level 5)," as it left one person dead and several injured.

The warning was issued for towns and cities in seven prefectures including Tokyo Saitama, Kanagawa, Gunma, Yamanashi, Nagano and Shizuoka.

Takeshita street, one of the most crowded and well-known shopping areas in the city, is pictured completely deserted in the Harajuku district of Tokyo.

Takeshita street, one of the most crowded and well-known shopping areas in the city, is pictured completely deserted in the Harajuku district of Tokyo.

"It is a level 5 situation; some sort of disaster may have already taken place. People are strongly advised to act to protect their lives right away," said JMA weather forecaster, Yasushi Kajiwara.

Hagibis is due to make landfall around 6 p.m. local on the Izu Peninsula Saturday and reach Tokyo around 9 p.m.

The storm had weakened as it approached Japan but still remains highly dangerous, with maximum winds of up to 195 kilometers per hour (122 mph) -- equivalent to a Category 3 Atlantic hurricane.
Up to 200 millimeters (8 inches) of rainfall is also predicted to cause flooding.

The remaining stock in a supermarket after people prepare for Typhoon Hagibis on October 12, 2019, in Yokohama, Japan.

The remaining stock in a supermarket after people prepare for Typhoon Hagibis on October 12, 2019, in Yokohama, Japan.

Evacuation advisories have been issued throughout much of the Tokyo region, affecting tens of millions of people. The Japanese capital is in lockdown, with usually busy streets abandoned amid torrential rain.

Meanwhile, at least eight cities and towns have ordered evacuations totaling 140,000 people and 292,770 households are without power, according to Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) and Chub Electric Power Company.

All flights to and from Tokyo and nearby airports have been canceled until at least Sunday morning. All bullet trains between Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka are also canceled, as are most non-high-speed trains.

Local police said a 49-year-old man in Ichihara City, Chiba prefecture, was killed when a tornado flipped his car on Saturday morning.

At least five other people, including three children, where injured as the tornado swept through the city, which lies around 30 kilometers (18 miles) southeast of Tokyo, fire authorities said.

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