Typhoon Hagibis Seen Landing in Japan Sat. Evening or Night
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Tokyo, Oct. 12 (Jiji Press)--Very strong Typhoon Hagibis is expected to land in Shizuoka Prefecture in central Japan or the Kanto eastern region including Tokyo on Saturday evening or night, likely causing record-breaking winds and rains.
The Japan Meteorological Agency issued strong warnings against high waves, high tides and other hazards, urging people in areas likely to be affected by the 19th typhoon of this year to move proactively to secure safety.
The agency has pointed to the possibility of issuing special heavy rain warnings for Kanto and the Tokai central region, saying that Typhoon Hagibis could be as powerful as Kanogawa Typhoon in 1958, which caused numerous landslides and floods in Japan after landing in Kanto and left more than 1,200 people dead or missing. The 1958 typhoon is known by the name as many lost their lives due to the flooding of Kanogawa, or the Kano River, in the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka, part of Tokai.
This time, sediment disaster warnings have been issued in Tokyo and neighboring Yamanashi, Saitama and Kanagawa prefectures, and Shizuoka. Residents in areas including the city of Izu in Shizuoka, the city of Odawara in Kanagawa, Hachioji in Tokyo and the city of Minamiboso in Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, have been advised to evacuate.
As of 8 a.m. Saturday (11 p.m. Friday GMT), Typhoon Hagibis was traveling north over the Pacific Ocean at a point some 280 kilometers west-southwest of Hachijojima, one of the Izu islands off Tokyo, at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour, according to the meteorological agency. Its central atmospheric pressure stood at 935 hectopascals, with a maximum sustained wind speed of 45 meters per second and the maximum instantaneous wind speed of 65 meters.
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