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At least 1 person dead as the most powerful typhoon to hit Japan in 60 years makes landfall


Added 10-12-19 07:14:01am EST - “Typhoon Hagibis, which means "speed" in the Philippine language Tagalog, made landfall on Japan's main island of Honshu late on Saturday.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “At least 1 person dead as the most powerful typhoon to hit Japan in 60 years makes landfall”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

TOKYO (Reuters) - One man was killed, over 30 people were injured and more than six million people were advised to evacuate as a powerful typhoon bore down on the Japanese capital on Saturday, bringing with it the heaviest rain and winds in 60 years.

Typhoon Hagibis, which means "speed" in the Philippine language Tagalog, made landfall on Japan's main island of Honshu late on Saturday, threatening to flood low-lying Tokyo as it coincides with high tide.

The storm, which the government warned could be the strongest to hit Tokyo since 1958, has already brought record-breaking rainfall in Kanagawa prefecture south of Tokyo with a whopping 700 mm (27.6 inches) of rain over 24 hours.

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued the highest level of warning for some areas in Tokyo, Kanagawa and five other surrounding prefectures, warning of amounts of rain that occur only once in decades.

"We are seeing unprecedented rain," an agency official told a news conference carried by public broadcaster NHK. "Damage from floods and landslides is likely taking place already."

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