TOKYO – Hundreds of thousands of Japanese households were evacuated for fear of flooding as a heavy typhoon was to land on late Saturday, causing the heaviest rain and wind for 60 years.
Numerous The typhoon Hagibis, which means Tagalog "speed" in the Philippine language, is said to land, according to the NHK public broadcaster, which issued evacuation orders for high-risk areas, including some areas in Tokyo's most populous metropolitan area on Japan's main island of Honshu Saturday, a month after one of the strongest typhoons that hit the country in recent years had destroyed or damaged 30,000 homes and caused extensive power outages.
NHK reported that four people in Chiba Prefecture in the east were injured from Tokyo, which had been hit hard by typhoon Faxai a month ago, early on Saturday, when strong winds swept away roofs of several homes.
Shops, factories and subway systems closed. As a precautionary measure, they dropped out while the Grand Prix organizers of Japanese Formula 1
Two Rugby World Cup matches played on Saturday were also canceled.
Storm surges are expected on Saturday and Sunday along Honshu's Pacific coast in heavy rain, increasing the risk of flooding and landslides.
Typhoon Ida, known in Japanese as "Kanogawa Typhoon", killed more than 1,000 people in 1958.