Japan braces for what could be worst typhoon in 60 years

epa07914550 Surging waves generated by Typhoon Hagibis hit against a breakwater at a port in the town of Kiho, Mie Prefecture, Japan, 12 October 2019. Typhoon Hagibis is expected to make landfall in Japan and bring strong winds to central Japan and the Tokyo area, disrupting transport and major sports events such as the Formula One Grand Prix of Japan and the Rugby World Cup. EPA-EFE/FRANCK ROBICHON

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A powerful typhoon approached Japan, threatening to batter its capital with the heaviest rain and winds in 60 years, shutting down stores, factories and subway systems and disrupting a Formula One Grand Prix and rugby’s World Cup.

Typhoon Hagibis, which means “speed” in the Philippine language Tagalog, is due to make landfall on Japan’s main island of Honshu on Saturday, a month after one of the strongest typhoons to hit the country in recent years destroyed or damaged 30,000 houses and caused extensive power outages.

The storm could be the strongest to hit Tokyo since 1958 and people should also prepare for high waves and storm surges, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Typhoon Hagibis approaches Japan
Surging waves generated by Typhoon Hagibis hit against a breakwater at a port in the town of Kiho, Mie Prefecture, Japan, 12 October 2019. Typhoon Hagibis is expected to make landfall in Japan and bring strong winds to central Japan and the Tokyo area, disrupting transport and major sports events . EPA-EFE/FRANCK ROBICHON

Via Japan Times

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