More than 70 people are injured and more than 1.6 million people have been ordered to evacuate their homes in eastern and central Japan.
TOKYO – Powerful typhoon Hagibis struck large areas of Japan, including Tokyo, on Saturday, leaving at least two people dead, three missing and about 70 injured, local media reported.
One person was found dead in an overturned vehicle in the eastern city of Ichihara, and eight others were injured when a tornado struck the area early Saturday, destroying 12 homes and causing damage to 89 others, Kyodo news agency reported. citing local authorities.
One person was killed and two people were not found in Tomioka City, about 120 kilometers northwest of Tokyo after a landslide hit four houses there, NHK reported. Six residents were rescued, according to the report.
In central Gotemba, a person was missing after being dragged down a drain, Kyodo said.
More than 1.6 million people have been ordered to evacuate their homes in eastern and central Japan, including 910,000 in Kawasaki City, NHK said, as the storm caused heavy rains and strong winds, flooding residential areas in the regions.
Forecasters issued an emergency rain alert to a total of 12 prefectures, including Tokyo and Shizuoka, warning of landslides, floods, and swollen rivers.
At a news conference, Yasushi Kajihara, who heads the Meteorological Agency’s forecast division, warned of “rains you never experienced before” in these prefectures.
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike urged residents to “protect their lives” when an “unprecedented typhoon” was arriving in the capital, she told a news conference.
Since Thursday, Hakone City, west of Tokyo, has received more than 35 inches of rain and Izu City, more than 27 inches, Kyodo said.
About 278,000 households have lost electricity in the Kanto region and Shizuoka Prefecture, according to Tokyo Electric Power.
The storm caused the cancellation of more than 1,660 flights, according to NHK, while many train services, including high-speed ones, were disrupted, operators said.
In Tokyo, large department stores, many restaurants, and supermarkets were closed due to the expected impact of Hagibis
As of 9 pm, Hagibis was traveling north-northeast at 40 kilometers per hour, with sustained maximum winds of 144 km / h and gusts of 198 km / h, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
Hagibis’s eyes were around Kawasaki City after the typhoon hit the Izu Peninsula just before 7 pm, the agency said.
The storm is expected to pour nearly 40 cm of rain in the Hokuriku region, 30 cm in northeast Japan and 40 cm in the Kanto and Koshin regions on Sunday night, the agency said.
Hagibis is comparable to the 1958 typhoon that hit eastern and central Japan, killing more than 1,200 people, the agency said.
Two Saturday World Cup rugby matches were canceled due to Hagibis’s expected impact, while the typhoon also affected the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix this weekend in Suzuka. Qualifying was moved from Saturday to Sunday, Formula One officials said, and all events were canceled on Saturday at the Suzuka circuit.
Hagibis arrives a month after Typhoon Faxai hit eastern Japan, including Tokyo, leaving one dead and about 130 injured and causing major power outages. In Chiba prefecture, thousands of families lost their electricity and water supplies for two weeks.