https://www.npr.org/2019/10/11/76917542 ... -hit-tokyoPrime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet is expected to hold a disaster management meeting on Friday.
The Rugby World Cup - being played in Tokyo and elsewhere in Japan - and other events were also canceled for Saturday, The Associated Press said.
The Japan Meteorological Agency says the typhoon could bring record rainfall and winds. Residents of the areas likely to be affected are being warned of high waves and storm surge.
Speaking at a news conference in Tokyo, JMA's forecast chief, Yasushi Kajihara, said Hagibis resembled a typhoon that hit Tokyo in 1958 that flooded hundreds of thousands of homes and left 1,200 people dead.
He warned residents in the threatened areas "to protect your own life and your loved ones, please try to start evacuating early before it gets dark and the storm becomes powerful."
Hagibis, which means "speed" in Tagalog, the language of the Philippines, arrives in Japan just a month after Typhoon Faxai hit the Tokyo region, leaving at least two dead, hundreds of thousands without power and damaging or destroying some 30,000 homes.
According to Reuters, people in Chiba prefecture, just east of Tokyo, which was also badly hit by Faxai, have been told to stock up on food and water in preparation for the storm.
From Japan:Typhoon Hagibis Could Match Fury of 1958 Storm That Killed 1,200 in Japan
Forecasters say Chiba Prefecture, which was battered by a typhoon last month and is still recovering, is in the direct path of the powerful storm.
By Motoko Rich Oct. 11, 2019, 1:12 a.m. ET
TOKYO — Typhoon Hagibis swirled toward Japan on Friday, as cities across the country opened evacuation centers and forecasters issued extreme weather warnings for multiple prefectures along the country’s eastern coast.
At a news conference Friday morning, the Japan Meteorological Agency warned that Hagibis could be as strong as the Kanogawa Typhoon that hit Shizuoka Prefecture and the Tokyo region in 1958, killing more than 1,200 people.
The agency warned that the southeastern Tokai region of Japan could be deluged by up to 31 inches of rain in a 24-hour period over the weekend.
https://www.japan.travel/en/news/2019-1 ... n-hagibis/Warning alert on Typhoon Hagibis (Typhoon No. 19)
Last Updated: October 11, 16:20 JST
According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, Typhoon Hagibis (19th typhoon) is moving northwards over the Pacific to the south of Japan's main island. Hagibis, one of the most powerful storms of the year, is on track to hit wide areas of Japan this coming three-day weekend (12th to 14th October) triggering rough weathers, transport delays and suspensions. The agency says Hagibis will make landfall in Tokai and Kanto area including Tokyo from Saturday evening through Sunday.
Tokaido Shinkansen (between Tokyo and Nagoya) and Sanyo Shinkansen (between Nagoya and Shin-Osaka, Shin-Osaka and Okayama) will suspend their services from 12th morning. Bullet train services on the Tohoku, Yamagata, Akita, Hokuriku and Joetsu lines will be reduced or suspended from late 12th morning. JR East will start suspending services on some train lines in the Greater Tokyo area, and other railways will also suspend their train services. For updated info, please check each railway companies' website. Major Urban Railways and Other Railways information is available from below links.
Airlines, JAL and ANA will cancel their flights including to and from Haneda and Narita airports on 12th. Other airlines will also cancel a number of flights. Airport access(trains, busses and others) will affect due to Typhoon. Please check updated info from Airport websites.
English video forecaster: https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20191011_80/