Monster #Typhoon #Hagibis claims first victim as #Tokyo braced for #Japan’s worst #storm in 60 years
A car is overturned in Chiba Prefecture near Tokyo, Japan, on October 12. © Xinhua/Deng Min via Global Look Press
More than 1.6 million people have been ordered to evacuate as Japan gears up for potentially record breaking wind and rain as Typhoon Hagibis claims its first victim before even making landfall.
Winds are set to reach 216km/h (134mph) and trigger floods and landslides when the monster storm barrels into central or eastern Japan on Saturday, the country’s Meteorological Agency has warned.
Chiba October 12. © Xinhua/Deng Min via Global Look Press
The sky turned a dark shade of purple on Saturday evening and residents shared striking images of the startling specticle on their social media platforms.
Ahead of the massive storm crashing into the main island of Honshu, it already claimed its first victim as a man was killed when a vehicle toppled over in heavy winds in Chiba, east of Tokyo, NHK News reports.
Hagibis is forecast to be the first storm rated “very strong” to hit Honshu since the category system was introduced in 1991. The Meteorological Agency said it could bring record rainfall on a par with a deadly typhoon in 1958 that triggered mudslides in Kanto and flooded the Kano River in Shizuoka Prefecture, leaving 888 dead and 381 missing, AFP reports.
Tens of thousands of homes are already without power and transport systems, factories and shops have been shut down. The typhoon has also disrupted the Japanese Grand Prix, forced the cancellation of two Rugby World Cup matches and grounded more than 1,600 flights.
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Japan’s central and eastern regions are due for a direct hit from 12th/13th October 2019 by Super Typhoon Hagibis with 167mph + wind gusts which is equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane.
Rugby World Cup matches have been cancelled coupled with other sporting events.
Wave/Tidal/Storm surges and structural damage will be a real threat.
Storm Lorenzo brought heavy rain and high winds to parts of North Western Ireland from late 03 October, 2019.
Met Éireann said that some areas of north west Ireland saw between 50mm and 100mm of rain between 02 and 03 October, 2019.
The heavy rain increased levels of the River Eske in Donegal town, prompting intensive efforts by the emergency services to pump water from affected areas. Media reported that around 40 homes were flooded.
Lornezo also brought strong winds, with gusts of over 80 km/h. At the height of the storm, almost 20,000 homes across the Republic of Ireland were without power.
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Disaster authorities in South Korea reported late (local time) on 03 October 2019 that 10 people have now died as result of Typhoon Mitag.
The fatalities occurred Seongju (1), Yeongdeok (1), Pohang (2), Uljin (2), Samcheok (1), Gangneung (1) and Busan (2). The deaths occurred as a result of flooding or landslides triggered by the heavy rain or floods. At least 4 people are still missing; 1 in Pohang, 2 in Busan and 1 in Uljin.
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