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1 dead as Typhoon Hagibis approaches Japan

Typhoon Hagibis approaches Japan

At least one person has been killed and several injured as Typhoon Hagibis approached central Japan with hurricane-force winds on Saturday.

The storm had weakened as it approached Japan but still remains highly dangerous, with maximum winds of up to 195 kilometers per hour (122 mph) — equivalent to a Category 3 Atlantic hurricane.

Hagibis is due to make landfall Saturday afternoon local time. However it is already affecting much of the central and southern parts of Honshu, Japan's main island.

Winds between 100 and 130 kph (62-80 mph) are expected to lash southern Japan, including Tokyo, for most of the mid-morning through the evening.

Up to 200 millimeters (8 inches) of rainfall is also predicted to cause flooding.

The remaining stock in a supermarket after people prepare for Typhoon Hagibis on October 12, 2019 in Yokohama, Japan.Evacuation advisories have been issued throughout much of the Tokyo region, affecting tens of millions of people. The Japanese capital is in lockdown, with usually busy streets abandoned amid torrential rain.

All flights to and from Tokyo and nearby airports have been canceled until at least Sunday morning. All bullet trains between Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka are also canceled, as are most non high-speed trains.

More than 10,000 households in the Kanto, Chiba and Tokyo areas are without power, according to Japanese provider TEPCO.Local police said a 49-year-old man in Ichihara City, Chiba prefecture, was killed when a tornado flipped his car Saturday morning.

At least five other people, including three children, where injured as the tornado swept through the city, which lies around 30 kilometers (18 miles) southeast of Tokyo, fire authorities said.


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