(TOKYO, Japan.) LATEST: #TyphoonHagibis, which means “speed” in the Philippine language Tag alog, is due to make landfall on the main island of Honshu on Saturday with lockdown as storm approaches Fli ghts grounded, trains halted and supermarkets shut, while rugby and F1 Grand Prix also affected according t o Reuters in Tokyo Fri.11: Oct 2019 10.48 BST #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Oct.11: A powerful typhoon was approaching Japan, threatening to batter its capital with the heaviest rain and winds in 60 years, shutting down stores, factories and subway systems and disrupting the rugby World Cup and the Formula One Grand Prix: #TyphoonHagibis , which means “speed” in the Philippine language Tagalog, is due to make landfall on the main island of Honshu on Saturday, a month after one of the strongest typhoons to hit Japan in recent years destroyed or damaged 30,000 houses and caused extensive power outages.

The storm could be the strongest to hit Tokyo since 1958. People should also prepare for high waves and storm surges, the Japan Meteorological Agency said: “The typhoon could bring record-level rainfall and winds,” an official at the agency told a news conference.

The Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, ordered his cabinet ministers to do their utmost to secure people’s safety: Officials in the Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo, which was hit hard by Typhoon Faxai a month ago, have told people to prepare supplies of food and water for up to three days. Some supermarkets ran out of bottled water and batteries. Twitter users posted photographs of bare shelves and traded tips on how to prepare for disruptions to water and power cuts.

This photo shows blue sheets on damaged houses from the previous Typhoon Faxai in Tateyama, Chiba prefecture on October 11, 2019.”JIJI PRESS/JIJI PRESS/AFP via Getty Images” https://ift.tt/2ODsvo5

Many of the 30,000 houses Typhoon Faxai destroyed or damaged in Chiba last month have yet to be repaired: Storm surges are likely along the Pacific coast of Honshu on Saturday and Sunday, as is torrential rain, raising the risk of floods and landslides, public broadcaster NHK said. “A month after one of the strongest typhoons to hit Japan in recent years destroyed or damaged 30,000 houses and caused extensive power outages.

The approaching super typhoon has already forced the cancellation of two matches of the rugby World Cup on Saturday, while a Sunday match between the host, Japan, and Scotland is in doubt:

Japanese Formula One Grand Prix organisers also cancelled all practice and qualifying sessions scheduled for Saturday, adding that the qualifying round would be held on Sunday, before the final race, which will take place as planned:

ANA Holdings cancelled all domestic flights to and from Tokyo’s two main airports from Friday afternoon: The airline and its rival, Japan Airlines Co, cancelled some flights to and from airports servicing the major cities of Osaka and Nagoya…………Most flights operating to and from those airports would be cancelled on Saturday, both airlines said on their websites.

Train operators said they would suspend bullet trains between Tokyo and Nagoya in central Japan and most operations between Nagoya and Osaka, in western Japan, from Saturday morning: Most train and subway lines in Tokyo were also due to be shut down.

Tokyo Disneyland said it would close its theme park on Saturday, its first weather-related closure since a snowstorm in 1984: The retail giant Seven & I Holdings said it would shut its supermarkets and department stores in metropolitan Tokyo. Toyota Motor Corp announced it was suspending production at three factories Guardian reported.

#AceNewsDesk reports ……………Published: Oct.11: 2019:

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