Issei Kato / Reuters
The strongest typhoon in decades to hit Tokyo is expected to hit the shores of Japan's main island Honshu this weekend, bringing with it strong winds and up to 2 feet of rain.
Super Typhoon Hagibis Has Increased Although the Category 5 storm is expected to weaken before landing, it would bring the region extremely rough seas and winds of up to 200 km / h.
Japan Meteorological Agency
Japan officials have already canceled more than 900 flights and warned railway operators about major disruptions due to the storm.
All Nippon Airways or ANA have all domestic flights to and from Tokyo set to Haneda and Narita airports on Saturday. The Central Japan Railway Co. will stop almost all Shinkansen high-speed trains between the capital and Osaka.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet is expected to hold a disaster management meeting on Friday.
The Rugby World Cup will be held in Tokyo and elsewhere in Japan – and other events have also been canceled for Saturday, said The Associated Press. Residents of areas that may be affected are warned of high waves and storm surges.
At a press conference in Tokyo, JMA's forecasting boss Yasushi Kajihara said that Hagibis was similar to a typhoon that hit Tokyo in 1958, killing thousands of homes and 1,200 dead.
He warned the inhabitants of the threatened areas, "To protect your own life and loved ones, please try to evacuate early, before it gets dark and the storm becomes powerful."
Hagibis, which means "speed" in Tagalog, the language of the Philippines, arrives in the region just one month after Typhoon Faxai's invasion Tokyo in Japan At least two dead, hundreds of thousands without electricity and 30,000 destroyed or destroyed houses.
According to Reuters, people in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, also hit hard by Faxai, were ordered to provide food and water to prepare for the storm.