One of the most powerful storms of the year is on track to hit wide areas of eastern Japan this weekend, including Tokyo. Japan’s Meteorological Agency says Typhoon Hagibis may bring record rainfall. Authorities are urging people to prepare in advance and protect their lives.
Agency official Yasushi Kajihara said, “The Typhoon may make landfall in the Tokai or Kanto region on Saturday, and to remain extremely strong. In addition to storm winds and high waves, we’re looking at the possibility of record rainfall around the Kanto region.”
Meteorological officials have classified Typhoon Hagibis as “very strong”. The storm is moving northwards over the Pacific towards Japan’s main island of Honshu.
Hagibis could be on par with a typhoon that killed more than 1,200 people in the Kanto region and Izu archipelago in 1958.
The Meteorological Agency is preparing to issue emergency warnings for heavy rain.
Storm surges are expected along the Pacific coast of eastern Honshu from Saturday through Sunday. Torrential rain is forecast from Friday through Sunday, with a severe risk of floods and landslides.
Source : NHK