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Historic Typhoon Devastates Japan; Millions Told To Evacuate Amid Flooding, Widespread Outages

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The largest typhoon in recorded history of Japan’s Shizuoka Prefecture caused widespread flooding, power outages and destruction on Saturday, as local authorities warned over 7 million people to evacuate, according to Bloomberg (with other sources quoting figures ranging from 1-4 million). 

Damaged houses in Ichihara, Chiba, on Oct. 12. Source: Jiji Press/AFP via Getty Images

Typhoon Hagibis makes landfall on Japan’s Izu Peninsula with heavy downpours and winds, leaving one person dead and 50 others injured https://t.co/yHxME8hMOP pic.twitter.com/lUb3l8IlkU

— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) October 12, 2019

The sky turned brilliant purple right before Hagibis hit.

It might look lovely however this is a BIG calamity, Japan’s skies turn profound shade of purple as Typhoon Hagibis is coming. #PRAYFORJAPAN pic.twitter.com/XxkgDOoF9B

— binibini (@BinibiningAya_) October 12, 2019

According to the Japan Times, Typhoon Hagibis was downgraded to “strong” just prior to landfall, however “as of 8 p.m., it was still packing sustained winds of 144 kph and gusts of 198 kph. The storm is forecast to travel over Kanto region and then north into Tohoku region before moving into the Pacific.”

“A typhoon of an unprecedented scale is about to hit Kanto. I’d like you to take actions to protect your own life,” said Tokyo Gov. Kuriko Koike in an emergency news conference. 

江戸川区


今ごろ避難勧告してる❗


大丈夫ですか?!😰 pic.twitter.com/CZWrbxy8Qc

— 山本たかひら コールセンター NHKから国民を守る党 (@NHK29) October 12, 2019

Dozens of rivers in the Tokyo region saw waters rise to dangerous levels on Saturday, while upstream dams are set to release water due to the heavy rains according to NHK. One of the largest rivers in the region, the Tama, has already begun to overflow into the residential district of Setagaya, per the land ministry. 

— Rizki Ahmad Pedrosa (@PedrosaRizki) October 12, 2019

The popular sightseeing areas of Hakone and Kamakura in Kanagawa Prefecture are hit by powerful winds and strong waves as the typhoon approaches. #Hagibis #Typhoon


Click here for more updates:https://t.co/xZHPRNCtQB pic.twitter.com/jpV0vHozh4

— NHK WORLD News (@NHKWORLD_News) October 12, 2019

“If we leave this situation unattended, the dam would collapse and more than 60 million tons of water would be unleashed at once,” said Kanagawa Gov. Yuji Kuroiwa while announcing that the Shiroyama Dam in Sagamihara was scheduled to release water at 10 p.m.

More than 100 rivers were at risk of overflowing, including the Arakawa River in Tokyo’s Edogawa Ward, the Karasawa River in Saitama Prefecture and Koito River in Chiba Prefecture.

The Tama River running between Tokyo and Kanagawa Prefecture began to overflow into the Tamagawa area of Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward at around 10:30 p.m. The area is better known as Futako-Tamagawa.

The Chikuma River flooded in the city of Ueda and the city of Nagano, both in Nagano Prefecture, as did the Minami-Asakawa River in Hachioji and the Nariki River in Ome, both in Tokyo. –Japan Times

Emergency warnings are in effect for: Kanagawa, Saitama, Gunma, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Nagano, Niigata, Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures.

Flooding in the Tokyo suburb of Hachioji has overwhelmed the drainage system, causing it to gush out onto the street.#Hagibis #Typhoon


Click here for more updates:https://t.co/xZHPRNU5fbpic.twitter.com/mHRtKg56TZ

— NHK WORLD News (@NHKWORLD_News) October 12, 2019

Tokyo’s Metropolitan government and Nagano Prefectural government have both asked Japan’s Self-Defense Forces for assistance. 

Hagibis is expected to bring violent winds to some areas. A maximum wind speed of 144 kilometers for the Kanto area, and 126 kilometers for the Tohoku region.#Hagibis #Typhoonhttps://t.co/bZpiKm8wIN pic.twitter.com/4VEOzzA9a8

— NHK WORLD News (@NHKWORLD_News) October 12, 2019

Meanwhile, a 5.7 earthquake also struck Japan on Saturday

On top of dealing with Typhoon #Hagibis, just felt an earthquake in #Chiba. The building was swaying. Local media is reporting a 5.7 magnitude quake struck near the region.

— Melanie Yamaguchi (@MelYamaguchi) October 12, 2019 

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