Millions ordered to evacuate as Typhoon Hagibis hits Japan

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Typhoon Hagibis was expected to head out to sea on Sunday evening after churning its way up the northern island of Hokkaido.

"We never had a flood like this before in this neighborhood", said one farmer, who declined to give his name. Eleven people were missing as of 3 a.m. Sunday and 80 people were injured.

Millions of people had been warned earlier to evacuate.

Some 425,000 properties were with out strength, the federal government mentioned, reviving fears of a repeat of the weeks-lengthy strength outages suffered after one other storm hit east of Tokyo final month.

In Fukushima, north of the capital, Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) reported irregular readings from sensors monitoring water in its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

The cancellation was a blow for the northern town of Kamaishi, whose hosting of World Cup games was a potent symbol of recovery from a 2011 tsunami disaster when it was almost wiped off the map.

At least 35 people have died, and another 17 missing on Sunday as Typhoon Hagibis ripped through Japan including the Tokyo metropolitan area, causing multiple rivers to overflow and blackouts in 376,000 houses. Part of a road was swept away in flooding.

Evacuation orders are still in place for more than 4 million people, although the JMA has lifted emergency warnings on Nagano, Niigata and Fukushima prefectures.

A 50-year-old man was killed near Tokyo early on Saturday in a vehicle overturned by punishing winds, while another person died after being washed away in a auto, public broadcaster NHK said.

An quake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 shook the areas drenched by the rainfall, shortly before the typhoon made landfall in Shizuoka prefecture.

The storm also brought travel chaos during a long holiday weekend in Japan, with flights grounded and both local and bullet trains serving Tokyo suspended fully or partially.

"Water suddenly came from under the floor", said Shogo Kasama, 72, who protected himself by standing on a table after his house in Marumori, Miyagi Prefecture, was inundated up to two meters. About 100,000 homes were left without power.

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued special heavy rain warnings on Saturday afternoon in 13 prefectures, including Tokyo, Gunma, Saitama, Kanagawa, Yamanashi, Nagano and Shizuoka.

Before the typhoon even made landfall, a 50-year-old man was killed after his auto was overturned in strong winds in Chiba Prefecture, an area east of Tokyo badly damaged in a separate typhoon which hit last month.

Touchdown restrictions at Tokyo's Narita and Haneda airports were lifted however greater than 800 flights were canceled for the day, NHK mentioned, as were some Shinkansen bullet educate services and products to the worst-hit areas.

Many people in and around Tokyo took shelter in temporary evacuation facilities early, before the worst of the storm arrived.

However, organisers said that despite a "robust" contingency plan, the scale of Hagibis, which covered practically the entire country, meant it was unsafe and impractical to move those matches to another venue. "You will need to take motion that may assist save your lives".

Japan's been preparing for floods "beyond anything we've seen" - but will that be enough in an age of more extreme weather brought about by climate change? "I'm scared to think about when we will have run out diapers and milk".

The destruction forced Rugby World Cup organizers to cancel a third match though the key Japan-Scotland clash will go ahead. Two matches were cancelled yesterday.



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