Typhoon Hagibis may hit Japan on weekend: weather agency

Kyodo News

Posted at Oct 09 2019 10:01 PM

The Japanese weather agency warned Wednesday that a powerful typhoon may make landfall on Japan's main island over the weekend, bringing strong winds, heavy rain and high waves across a wide area.

Typhoon Hagibis, the season's 19th, is currently traveling over waters near the Ogasawara island chain in the Pacific and is expected to hit western and eastern Japan between Saturday and Sunday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

As of 6 p.m., the typhoon was traveling at 15 kilometers per hour with an atmospheric pressure of 915 hectopascals at its center, packing winds of up to 270 kph.

The power of Hagibis is expected to be as strong as that of Typhoon Faxai that made landfall in eastern Japan in September, causing massive power outages in Chiba Prefecture, and last year's Typhoon Jebi that flooded a terminal and a runway at Kansai International Airport in September last year.

The Pacific side of western and eastern Japan may see torrential rain from Friday until the typhoon passes as the agency warned of floods caused by the high waves and tides.

A typhoon in September disrupted major train services affecting millions of commuters.

East Japan Railway Co. said it might decide to cancel train services. Central Japan Railway Co. also said it might halt bullet train runs between Tokyo and Shin-Osaka ahead of the typhoon's arrival.

Japan Airlines Co. and All Nippon Airways Co. said there are possibilities of flight cancellations.

The Japan Rugby 2019 Organizing Committee held a meeting about the typhoon on Wednesday to consider holding matches at different stadiums that will not be affected by the typhoon.

Three matches are scheduled on Saturday and four on Sunday including Japan's final pool game against Scotland. The committee said it is likely to announce its decision on Thursday.