Millions told to evacuate in Japan as powerful typhoon makes landfall

Typhoon Hagibis has made landfall in Japan, with strong winds and a heavy downpour battering Shizouka, southwest of Tokyo.

About six million people in Japan have been advised to leave their homes as strong winds and rains picked up before the typhoon even arrived.

An earthquake measuring 5.3, according to the US Geological Survey, shook the areas which had been drenched by rainfall. The earthquake was in the ocean off Chiba, near Tokyo.

A residential area is flooded in Ise, Mie Prefecture, central Japan, ahead of the arrival of Typhoon Hagibis, in this photo taken by Kyodo October 12, 2019.  Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT.
Image: Ise, Mie Prefecture, where rescuers use a rubber dingy to look for people who need help

More than 1,600 flights have also been cancelled
Image: More than 1,600 flights have been cancelled as the typhoon approaches

A man in his forties was killed after his car overturned in a tornado east of Tokyo, while five others were injured as gales tore the roofs off a number of houses, before the storm made landfall.

Once the typhoon arrived, it injured 60 people, bringing the heaviest rain and winds seen by Japan in 60 years. There are warnings of floods and landslides.

Several people are missing in a town near Tokyo after a landslide destroyed two houses.

The typhoon on its way to make landfall. Pic: Magic Seaweed
Image: The typhoon on its way to make landfall. Pic: Magic Seaweed

As much as 50cm of rain could hit some parts of Japan. Pic: NOAA
Image: As much as 50cm of rain could hit some parts of Japan. Pic: NOAA

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Japanese rugby team wades through typhoon water

It comes after one of the strongest typhoons to hit the country in recent years destroyed or damaged 30,000 houses and caused extensive power cuts.

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The latest storm has already led more than 16,000 households to lose power, while shops, factories and subways have been shut down as a precaution.

Strong waves hit a seawall along the coast in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka prefecture, on October 12, 2019 ahead of Typhoon Hagibis' expected landfall in central or eastern Japan later in the evening. - Powerful Typhoon Hagibis on October 12 claimed its first victim even before making landfall, as potentially record-breaking rains and high winds sparked evacuation orders for more than 1.6 million people. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP) (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images)
Image: Strong waves hit a seawall along the coast in Hamamatsu

A woman walks past a Rugby World Cup billboard in the Shinagawa
Image: Heavy rain and strong winds are causing widespread disruption

Organisers of the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix have cancelled all practice and qualifying sessions, while two matches of the Rugby World Cup have also been scratched.

England’s match against France was cancelled, and the team has returned to Miyazaki where they held their pre-tournament training camp. New Zealand’s match against Italy was also cancelled.

Japan’s rugby team had to wade through high waters to get to their sodden pitch for practice, as their match against Scotland on Sunday could still go ahead if organisers believe it is safe.

People look at clouds during sunset near Osaka Station, as typhoon 'Hagibis' approaches Japan, in Osaka, Japan October 12, 2019. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse
Image: People take pictures as storm clouds loom

TOKYO, JAPAN - OCTOBER 12: A man covers over a doorway to a pachinko parlour ahead of the arrival of Typhoon Hagibis on October 12, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. Typhoon Hagibis is the most powerful typhoon to hit Japan this year and has been classed by the Japan Meteorological Agency as a 'violent typhoon' - the highest category on Japans typhoon scale. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
Image: A man covers a doorway to prepare for the typhoon

World Rugby told fans of Namibia and Canada not to travel to Kamashi ahead of Sunday’s planned match, as they consider whether it should be cancelled. The teams have also been advised of potential cancellation.

More than 1,600 flights have been cancelled and train services suspended.

Spectators who evacuate from Typhoon Hagibis, gather at a makeshift accommodation for spectators of Formula One Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, central Japan October 12, 2019.   REUTERS/Kim Hong-ji
Image: Formula 1 spectators gather at a makeshift accommodation at Suzuka Circuit

Tokyo Disneyland was also closed.

Some 17,000 police and military troops have been called up, standing ready for rescue operations, while dozens of evacuation centres have opened in coastal towns.

Empty shelves greet shoppers at a convenience store in the Shinagawa district of Tokyo on October 12, 2019, as the effects of Typhoon Hagibis begin to be felt in Japan's capital. - Powerful Typhoon Hagibis on October 12 claimed its first victim even before making landfall, as Japanese weather authorities issued a top-level emergency rain warning and millions were issued non-compulsory evacuation orders. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP) (Photo by ODD ANDERSEN/AFP via Getty Images)
Image: Empty shelves in Tokyo as people buy up supplies for the storm

Hagibis, which means speed in Filipino, is expected to make landfall near Tokyo later, dumping up to 50cm (20ins) of rain.

Yasushi Kajihara, from Japan’s meteorological agency, said: “Be ready for rainfall of the kind that you have never experienced. Take all measures necessary to save your life.”

A map from Japan's meteorological agency which shows emergency warnings in purple
Image: A map from Japan’s meteorological agency which shows emergency warnings in purple

The impact of the typhoon. Red arrows shows winds with strong gusts. Pic: Magic Seaweed
Image: The impact of the typhoon. Red arrows shows winds with strong gusts. Pic: Magic Seaweed

Evacuation centres have opened, with people taking refuge on floors and hoping their homes would be there when they return.

Yuka Ikemura, a 24-year-old nursery school teacher, is in an evacuation centre in Tokyo with her three-year-old son, eight-month-old daughter, and their pet rabbit.

Taped up windows and bags filled with water to counter a flood surge greet last dash shoppers at a convenience store in the Shinagawa district of Tokyo on October 12, 2019, as the effects of Typhoon Hagibis begin to be felt in Japan's capital. - Powerful Typhoon Hagibis on October 12 claimed its first victim even before making landfall, as Japanese weather authorities issued a top-level emergency rain warning and millions were issued non-compulsory evacuation orders. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP) (Photo by ODD ANDERSEN/AFP via Getty Images)
Image: Taped up windows and bags filled with water to counter a flood surge at a shop

TOKYO, JAPAN - OCTOBER 12: People look at the flooded Tama River during Typhoon Hagibis on October 12, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. Typhoon Hagibis is the most powerful typhoon to hit Japan this year and has been classed by the Japan Meteorological Agency as a 'violent typhoon' - the highest category on Japans typhoon scale. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
Image: People look at the flooded Tama River during Typhoon Hagibis

She said: “I’ve got small children to take care of and we live on the first floor of an old apartment.”

“We brought with us the bare necessities. I’m scared to think about when we will have run out diapers and milk.”

A typhoon that hit the Tokyo region in 1958 left more than 1,200 people dead and half a million houses flooded.

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