Japan Typhoon Hagibis – four dead and 100 injured as terrifying 111mph storm slams into Japan

The Sun 5 days ago

AT LEAST four people are dead and 100 injured after Typhoon Hagibis slammed into Japan with the heaviest rain and winds in 60 years.

More than seven million people were evacuated and 17 people are still missing after the 11mph mature tropical cyclone made landfall on Saturday.

The biggest Japan storm in decades made landfall on Saturday
More than 7 million people had to be evacuated after the 111mph typhoon blasted large parts of Japan
Rescue teams were trying to reach those stranded by the flooding

A man in his forties was among the dead when his car overturned in a tornado east of Tokyo, while others were injured when gales tore the roofs off a number of homes.

News broadcaster NHK warned the numbers of casualties may grow, as rescue teams attempt to reach those stranded in flooded areas. More than 370,0000 homes lost power.

Shortly before the typhoon made landfall a 5.7-magnitude earthquake was centred in the ocean off the coast of Chiba, near Tokyo.

Pictures show Japan’s Rugby World Cup players wading through a flooded stadium in Tokyo after they were forced to leave ahead of their match with Scotland.

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued the highest alert level for 12 regions, including Tokyo, warning of amounts of rain that occur only once in decades.

Agency official Yasushi Kajihara said: “Be ready for rainfall of the kind that you have never experienced.

“Damage from floods and landslides is likely taking place already.

“It is critical that people take action urgently to protect their lives and the lives of loved ones.”

A destroyed house and vehicle are seen following a strong winds in Ichihara, Chiba, near Tokyo
A policeman watches information about Typhoon Hagibis on a display at Shinjuku railway station in Tokyo
Homes in central Japan were flooded after Typhoon Hagibis made landfall
Surging waves crash into the shoreline caused by Typhoon Hagibis

DEADLY STORM

Kajihara said people who live near rivers must take shelter on the second floor or higher of any sturdy building if an officially designated evacuation centre wasn’t easily accessible.

The rough weather has caused 1,600 flights to be grounded, while shops and factories have also been closed.

Weather models project the monster storm will continue on a north-westerly path towards as it made landfall this morning.

Nobuyuki Tsuchiya, director of the Japan Riverfront Research Center, said Tokyo, where 1.5million people live below sea level, said residents are at risk of storm surges.

He said: “We are heading towards high tide. If the typhoon hits Tokyo when the tide is high, that could cause storm surges and that would be the scariest scenario.

“People in Tokyo have been in a false sense of security.”

Hagibis, which means “speed” in Filipino, was advancing North with maximum sustained winds of 111mph, according to the meteorological agency.

The deadliest Typhoon to hit Japan was Typhoon Ida, known as the “Kanogawa Typhoon” in 1958 where it killed more than 1,000 people.

Rugby World Cup matches have also been changed for October 12 and 13.

England vs France in Yokohama is among those to be called off, with Sunday’s matches still under consideration.

But Scotland are hoping they are still able to play Japan in Yokohama on Sunday, with a quarter-final spot up for grabs.

New Zealand secured their place in the next round after their match against Italy – who still had a chance of progressing but now miss out – was cancelled.

Typhoon Hagibis has flooded roads in Tokyo
A man fights with his umbrella against strong winds at a crosswalk in Tokyo
A man battles with his umbrella while walking near Osaka Station
This weather map shows the impact of Typhoon Hagibis will have on Japan as it moves in a north-westernly direction
The purple on the map shows the areas of Japan that are under an ’emergency warning’ as the typhoon has made landfall
Homes have been left destroyed by Typhoon Hagibis in Ichihara, Chiba in Japan
Rescue teams go through a flooded residential area in central Japan
Vans are left partially submerged during floods ahead of the typhoon making landfall
People watch from the second floor of their homes the Isuzu River overflows
Japan’s rugby team were forced to walk through floodwaters ahead of their match with Scotland
Japan’s rugby team player Jiwon Koo, carries teammate James Moore in a flooded walkway head of Typhoon Hagibis
A player from Japan’s national rugby union team balances while attempting to pass through floodwater at Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium in Tokyo
One rugby player makes a run for it in the floodwater
Another players tries to walk on the benches inside the stadium


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