Japan advises hundreds of thousands of departures from a powerful typhoon approach


An empty road entering Shiroko, Suzuka, Japan October 12, 2019, has appeared in heavy rain ahead of the Hagibis Typhoon. REUTERS / Soe Zeya Tin

TOKYO (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of households in Japan were praised for their survival because of a fear of flooding because a powerful wave of land was due to arrive late on Saturday, bringing rain and the heaviest winds in 60 years.

Some municipal governments issued evacuation advisers to areas at particular risk, including some in Tokyo's most populated region, according to public broadcaster NHK.

Typhoon Hagibis, which means “speed” in the Philippine Tagalog, is to land on Honshu's main island in Japan late on Saturday, a month after one of the strongest typhoons the country has met in recent years destroyed or damage to 30,000 houses and caused extensive power interruption.

NHK reported that four people were injured in Chiba prefecture east of Tokyo, which was hit hard by the Faxai Toxai months ago.

Stores, factories and subway systems were closed as a precaution, and Formula One organizers sent the Japanese Grand Prix to the end of each practice and qualifying session is scheduled for Saturday.

Two games of the World Rugby Cup to be played on Saturday were also canceled.

A storm surge along the Pacific coast of Honshu is expected Saturday and Sunday together with serious rainfall, raising the risk of flooding and landslides.

Typhoon Ida, known as the “Kanogawa Typhoon” in Japanese, killed more than 1,000 people in 1958.

Reporting by Makiko Yamazaki; Edited by Paul Tait

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