Typhoon Hagibis causes one death in Japan

Chiba Region

Chiba Region

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Japan is on high alert today as typhoon Hagibis approaches, which has already caused at least one death, serious property damage and power cuts in the east of Tokyo.

Due to the expected impact, authorities have already recommended the evacuation of about 1.6 million people.

Typhoon, classified as "very strong," the second highest-intensity category of the Japan Meteorological Agency, is expected to hit central and eastern Japan tonight, with gusts of up to 216 kilometers per hour.

Hours before reaching the coast, it caused at least one death in the Chiba region, east of Tokyo, that had already been hit by a typhoon last month.

"A 49-year-old man was found in a overturned van. He was sent to the hospital, where his death was declared", the fire brigade spokesman for Ichihara, in Chiba province, told Agence France-Presse (AFP).

In the same province, NHK broadcaster reports serious property damage and power cuts in about 30.000 homes.

Authorities warned about the risk of flooding and landslides.

The two largest Japanese airlines, ANA and JAL, have canceled almost all their international and domestic flights to and from Tokyo, as well as those from Nagoya (central) and Osaka (western).

The typhoon also forced to postpone, from Saturday to Sunday, the qualifying session for the F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit.