TYPHOON Hagibis made his first victim in Japan before landing. Rain and record winds forced more than 1.6 million people to evacuate.
The storm also interrupted the Japanese Grand Prix, forced to cancel two matches of the Rugby World Cup and left more than 1,600 flights on land. Here is the last one on where he is and his current itinerary.
What is the last update of Typhoon Hagibis?
Japan is preparing for Typhoon Hagibis, which is expected to land near Tokyo on Saturday night.
Typhoon Hagibis is expected to be the most powerful storm that has hit the country in 60 years.
Japan is already feeling the effects of the typhoon.
Hagibis hits winds of 180 km that could cause floods and landslides, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
Typhoon Hagibis has been dramatically described as “the most powerful storm in the world” by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the United States.
While the storm is expected to weaken by the time it reaches Japan with a wind speed of about 216 kilometers per hour (134 kilometers per hour), it will still look like a “violent storm” and Japan was put on alert.
Bad weather resulted in the loss of 1,600 flights, while stores and factories were also closed.
Authorities issued evacuation orders in areas at risk.
Supermarkets are running out because people are stocking up before the typhoon hits.
— WMO | OMM (@WMO) October 10, 2019
The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) publishes periodic updates on Hagibis via Twitter.
The storm is still in category 5 and interruptions of the Rugby World Cup are expected to continue.
How was the Rugby World Cup affected?
Two World Cup games scheduled for Saturday have already been canceled and declared void.
Rugby fans are concerned that officials will be forced to cancel more games as the storm continues.
This is the first time that games are canceled without ballooning in 32 years.
The organizers of the Rugby World Cup have made the unusual decision to cancel England’s next match against France in Yokohama on Saturday (October 12th) in the light of Typhoon Hagibis.
New Zealand’s game against Italy in Toyota City was also canceled.
The Scotland-Japan match is also likely to be canceled and is currently under review.
The Scottish Rugby Union issued a statement demanding that the game be played as part of contingency plans.
Meteorologists attributed the storm to the highest possible rating of “violent”, with the ability to cause widespread destruction.
World Cup tournament director Alan Gilpin said the danger he is holding is in his hands.
Gilpin said: “According to advice this morning, Hagibis is expected to be the largest in 2019 and may cause disruption in the Yokohama, Tokyo and Toyota areas, including the closure of public transport.
“Thanks to this independent opinion, we made the difficult and correct decision in the affected areas.
“As you can imagine, the decision was not taken lightly and is the top priority for security.”
“All fans will receive a full refund and we will continue to review Sunday games and make sure they are played as scheduled.”
“The evaluation will take place once the typhoon has passed, and we recommend all fans of Toyota, Yokohama, and Tokyo to stay indoors on Saturday.”
“We analyze all the options in a fairly comprehensive way, and it’s important to keep in mind that where we are is in line with what we said before the tournament.”
“Move the equipment to this scale and be able to safely deliver the output of 12 equipment … we could not guarantee contingency plans in a consistent way. If we can not do it for everyone, we can not do it for anybody.