Typhoon Hagibis makes landfall; 2 dead as 216km/h storm makes landfall

      Published on Sunday, 13 October , 2019      407      
Typhoon Hagibis makes landfall; 2 dead as 216km/h storm makes landfall

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Powerful typhoon Hagibis has made landfall in Japan, officials said on Saturday, as torrential rain and winds have already lashed the country causing floods and mudslides.

#PrayForJapan, meanwhile, is trending on Twitter in the UAE on Saturday, with more than 700,000 tweets.

“The eye of Typhoon Hagibis made landfall shortly before 19:00 (1000 GMT) in Izu Peninsula”, southwest of Tokyo, said the Japan Meteorological Agency.

Damaged houses caused by weather patterns from Typhoon Hagibis are seen in Ichihara, Chiba prefecture on October 12, 2019.Image Credit: AFP

Rated “large and very strong”, the storm has also forced the cancellation of two Rugby World Cup matches, disrupted the Japanese Grand Prix and grounded more than 1,600 flights.

It is forecast to crash into land in central or eastern Japan early Saturday evening, packing maximum gusts of 216 kilometres per hour (134 miles per hour) Japan’s Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.

Japan Meteorological Agency
Japan Meteorological Agency’s issuing advisories for the next few daysImage Credit: Japan Meteorological Agency

But hours before the worst of the storm arrived, its outer bands claimed a first casualty in Chiba, east of Tokyo, which was also badly hit by a powerful typhoon last month.

“A 49-year-old man was found in a toppled mini truck. He was sent to hospital but confirmed dead,” Hiroki Yashiro, a spokesman at Ichihara Fire Department, in Chiba, told AFP.

Category World News | 2019/10/13 latest update at 7:26 PM
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