TOKYO: A powerful typhoon forecast as the worst in six decades will hit Tokyo and surrounding areas as the streets and trains stations unusually quiet as rain poured over the city.
Typhoon Hagibis, closing in from the Pacific, is expected to bring up to 80 centimeters (30 inches) of rain in the Tokyo area including Chiba to the north that had suffered power outages from a typhoon that hit last month and some buildings remained partly repaired.
According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, Hagibis means “speed” in Filipino was advancing north-northwestward with maximum sustained winds of 162 kilometers (100 miles) per hour.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s said 17,000 police and military troops were ready for rescue operations and the typhoon could cause power outages, damage to infrastructure and significantly affect people’s lives.
The typhoon that hit Tokyo in 1958 left more that 1,200 people dead and a half-million houses flooded.
Credit: AP News