Typhoon Hagibis has so far claimed two victims. The first victim was a man who died after his car flipped due to high wind even before the typhoon making its landfall. The second was washed away in their car. Record-breaking rains and high winds sparked evacuation orders for more than 7 million people.
90 injuries were also during the early hours after the tornado touched down in the Chiba area, destroying houses and blowing away the roofs of several others.
More than 270,000 homes have lost power.
Japan’s Meteorological Agency expects say that the storm was moving up the eastern coast of Japan’s main island, with wind speeds of 225 kmph (140mph).
Hagibis equivalent to a level four hurricane.
Hagibis is an unusually large storm, and expected to bring “brutal winds and violent seas” to large swathes of the country. The expected rainfall has raised fears with high tides ahead of a full moon that could increase the risk of flooding.
Japan’s met department have issued warnings for strong wind, high waves, landslides and serious flooding for large areas of Honshu. The agency has forecasted more than 50cm (20 inches) of rains for the Tokyo area in the 24 hours to midday on Sunday.
Carmakers, including Toyota and Honda, have shut down their factories, and many supermarkets and convenience stores in the capital also remain closed.
The storm is also causing transport chaos over a long weekend in Japan, over 2000 flights were cancelled. Japanese airlines have cancelled more than 1,660 domestic flights and some 260 international flights on Saturday.
Bullet trains and subway lines remain suspended.
The storm for the first time would force closure of Tokyo’s Disneyland and DisneySea theme parks at least until Sunday noon.
Source : Various