2 dead, 10 missing as Typhoon Hagibis lashes Japan

Chicago Tribune 1 month ago

TOKYO At least two people died, 10 others were missing and 90 injured as powerful Typhoon Hagibis pummeled wide areas of Japan, including Tokyo, on Saturday, local media reported.

More than 4.4 million people were ordered to evacuate their homes in wide areas of Japan, including 910,000 in the city of Kawasaki, broadcaster NHK reported, as the storm brought heavy rains and powerful winds, inundating residential areas.

One person was found dead in an overturned vehicle in the city of Ichihara, east of Tokyo, and eight others were injured when a tornado touched down in the area early Saturday, destroying 12 houses and causing damage to 89 others, the Kyodo News agency reported.

One person died and two people were unaccounted for in the city of Tomioka, about 75 miles northwest of Tokyo, after a landslide hit four houses there, broadcaster NHK reported. Six residents were rescued, the report said.

In the central city of Gotemba, one person was missing after he was swept away in a drain, Kyodo said.

Weather authorities issued an emergency rain warning to a total of seven prefectures, including Fukushima and Nagano, as they warned of mudslides, flooding and swollen rivers.

At a news conference, Yasushi Kajihara, who heads the forecast division at the Meteorological Agency, warned of "rainfall of the kind that you have never experienced before" in those prefectures.

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike urged residents to "protect your life" as an "unprecedented typhoon" was hitting the capital, she told a news conference earlier.

Since Thursday, Hakone Town, west of Tokyo, had received more than 39 inches of rain and the city of Izu more than 27 inches, Kyodo reported.

About 370,000 households lost electricity in Tokyo and its surrounding areas, according to Tokyo Electric Power.

About 800 flights for Sunday have been canceled following the cancellation of more than 1,600 flights on Saturday, NHK said.

Many train services, including high-speed bullet train services, were halted on Saturday, operators said.

In Tokyo, major department stores, many restaurants and supermarkets were closed due to the anticipated impact of Hagibis.

As of 1 a.m. Sunday, Hagibis was traveling northeast at 31 miles per hour with maximum sustained winds of 126 km/h and gusts of 112 mph, the agency said.

The eye of Hagibis was around the city of Kawasaki after the typhoon made landfall in the Izu Peninsula shortly before 7 p.m., the agency said.

The storm is expected to dump nearly 16 inches of rain in the Hokuriku region, 12 inches in northeastern Japan and 10 inches in the regions of Kanto and Koshin by Sunday evening, 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 rugby World Cup games scheduled for Saturday were canceled due to the expected impact of Hagibis, while the typhoon also affected the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix this weekend at Suzuka. Qualifying has been moved from Saturday to Sunday, Formula One officials said, and all events were cancelled on Saturday at the Suzuka Circuit.

Hagibis comes one month after Typhoon Faxai battered eastern Japan, including Tokyo, leaving one dead and about 130 injured and causing massive power outages. In Chiba prefecture, thousands of households lost electricity and water supply for two weeks.

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