TOKYO – Hundreds of thousands of families in Japan have been advised to evacuate because of fears of flooding as a powerful typhoon is expected to hit the earth by Saturday, bringing with it the heaviest rainfall and winds in 60 years.
Several city governments have issued evacuation warnings for particularly at-risk areas, including some in greater Tokyo's most populous region, according to public broadcaster NHK.
Typhoon Hagibis, meaning "speed" in the Philippine tagal, is expected to hit the main island of Honshu by late Saturday, a month after one of the strongest typhoons that hit the country in recent years destroyed or damaged 30,000 homes and caused extensive damage. power outages.
NHK said four people were injured in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, hit by Typhoon Faxai a month ago, early Saturday, when high winds blew across the roofs of several homes.
Shops, factories and subway systems were closed as a precaution, while Japanese Formula 1 Grand Prix organizers canceled all training and qualifying sessions scheduled for Saturday.
Two Rugby World Cup matches were also canceled, which will be played on Saturday.
Thunderstorms are expected along the Pacific coast of Honshu on Saturday and Sunday, along with torrential rain, increasing the risk of flooding and landslides.
Typhoon Ida, known as the "Kanogawa Typhoon" in Japanese, killed more than 1,000 people in 1958.