November 30, 2020

Japan on high alert for the arrival of a typhoon that will pass through Tokyo

Japan was on high alert on Saturday morning because of the approach to Tokyo and other eastern areas of Typhoon Hagibis, whose hurricane winds are already hitting Chiba, where there have been several injuries and property damage.

Hagibis, the twenty-ninth typhoon of the season in the Pacific, is listed as "very strong", the second highest intensity category of the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), which warned that its rains could reach those thrown in 1958 by Typhoon Ida (called Kanogawa in Japan), which left more than 12,000 dead and missing.

The wind storm moves at about 25 kilometers per hour northbound and at 10:40 local time (1:40 GMT) it was about 290 kilometers from the Izu Peninsula, southwest of Tokyo, and it was already noted Intensely in the neighboring prefecture of Chiba (east), where serious damage was reported to homes and four minor injuries, including two minors, collected the NHK chain.

The Japanese state network reports live on the progress of the typhoon and has broadcast images of torn roofs and red crystals in homes and public facilities.

The storm, which drags wind gusts of more than 210 km / h, has left some 30,000 homes in the prefecture without electricity and blackouts were also reported in some areas of Ibaraki.

Chiba still suffers from the passage in September of Typhoon Faxai, which caused significant energy cuts, transportation effects and material damages, so the authorities hope that with his current Hagibis career he will leave more damage in the region and have warned of possible landslides household.

The JMA has warned of the risk of flooding and high waves, and issued evacuation orders in some areas of Shizuoka prefecture (center) and in Tokyo the authorities issued evacuation recommendations in Hachioji, and in the districts of Toshima, in the west of the capital, and Minato, in the bay.

Precipitation could exceed 1,000 millimeters per square meter until midnight in the central Tokai region, and 600 millimeters in Kanto, which includes the Tokyo area.

It is also expected that landslides and accidents resulting from the detachment or displacement of objects by hurricane winds carried by Hagibis will occur.

Rail and air transport in the capital area has been virtually suspended.

The two largest Japanese airlines, ANA and JAL, have canceled almost all of their international and domestic flights departing or arriving in Tokyo, and those of Nagoya (center) and Osaka (west).

Nor will high-speed trains (Shinkansen) between the capital and Nagoya operate today, and rail transport operated by the companies of the Japan Railways (JR) conglomerate in the Tokyo metropolitan area will be fully suspended gradually until noon on Sunday.

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