Tokyo braces for pow­er­ful typhoon Hag­ibis

The Korea Times - - WORLD -

TOKYO (Reuters) — A pow­er­ful storm ap­proached Ja­pan on Fri­day, threat­en­ing to bat­ter its cap­i­tal with the heav­i­est rain in 60 years, dis­rupt­ing a For­mula One Grand Prix and rugby’s World Cup and rais­ing fears of trans­port chaos.

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

“The typhoon could bring record-level rain­fall and winds,” an of­fi­cial at the Ja­pan Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Agency told a news con­fer­ence.

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

Of­fi­cials in the Chiba pre­fec­ture east of Tokyo, which was hit hard by typhoon Faxai a month ago, have told peo­ple to pre­pare sup­plies of food and wa­ter for up to three days.

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