One man has died and more than a million in Japan were advised to evacuate as a powerful typhoon was set to make landfall later today, bringing with it the heaviest rain and winds in 60 years.
A man in his forties was killed in an overturned car earlier today in Chiba prefecture east of Tokyo, where high winds were reported, according to public broadcaster NHK.
Four people were injured, also in Chiba, as winds blew roofs off several houses.
A number of municipal governments issued evacuation advisories to areas particularly at risk of floods and landslides, including some in the most populous greater Tokyo region, NHK said.
Typhoon Hagibis, which means “speed” in the Philippine language Tagalog, is due to make landfall on Japan’s main island of Honshu later today, a month after one of the strongest typhoons to hit the country in recent years destroyed or damaged 30,000 houses and caused extensive power outages.
More than 16,000 households have lost power, including 7,200 in Chiba, which was hit hard by typhoon Faxai a month ago, the industry ministry said.
The Defence Ministry set up a new Twitter account to disseminate information on disaster relief efforts.
Stores, factories and subway systems have been shut down as a precaution, while Japanese Formula One Grand Prix organisers cancelled all practice and qualifying sessions scheduled today.
Two matches of the Rugby World Cup due to be played today were also cancelled.
More than 1,600 flights have been cancelled. Narita international airport near Tokyo stopped accepting flights from 11 am as trains connecting to cities were suspended.
Storm surges continue to hit the Pacific coast of Honshu today and tomorrow, as is torrential rain, causing floods and landslides.
Typhoon Ida, known as the “Kanogawa Typhoon” in Japanese, killed more than 1,000 people in 1958.