Super Typhoon Hagibis makes landfall in Japan

MANILA, Philippines – Super Typhoon Hagibis (international name, which means "swift" in the Philippine language) has made landfall over Izu Peninsula, southwest of Tokyo.

The Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) said Hagibis made landfall just before 7 p.m. Saturday evening, October 12.

Super Typhoon Hagibis makes landfall in Japan
Current image of Typhoon Hagibis from the Himawari series of geostationary meteorological satellites. Photo courtesy of Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

JMA also warned that heavy rainfall "with a level of intensity observed only once every few decades" is predicted in Tokyo and the prefectures of Gunma, Saitama, Kanagawa, Yamanashi, Nagano and Shizuoka.

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In a report by CNN, Japan's Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA) confirmed 33 people had been injured and that one person had been killed in Ichiara City.

Around 6:00 p.m., the weather agency downgraded Typhoon Hagibis' intensity to "powerful" from "very powerful." The storm has atmospheric pressure of 955 hectopascals at its center and was packing winds of up to 216 kilometers per hour.

With winds forecast to reach 216 kilometers per hour, Hagibis could potentially destroy houses in the Tokai area in central Japan and the Kanto-Koshin region, including the Tokyo central area, the agency warned.

Super Typhoon Hagibis makes landfall in Japan
One man was killed and more than six million people were advised to evacuate as a powerful typhoon bore down on the Japanese capital on Saturday.

Tokyo could receive as much as 24 inches of rain during the period. JMA warned of flooding, mudslides and waves as high as 42 feet along the coast.

Shops, factories and train networks have been shut down while the Rugby World Cup and the Formula One Grand Prix have been cancelled.

Tokyo's Haneda airport, as well as Narita airport near the capital, were shut down.

Operations of theme parks Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea were also suspended.

The weather agency said Hagibis could be as severe as the Kanogawa Typhoon (local name of Ida), which battered Shizuoka Prefecture and the Tokyo region killing 1,200 in 1958.

— The Summit Express

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