Two people have died and nine others are missing after Typhoon Hagibis brought fierce winds and record-breaking rainfall to Japan.
A 50-year-old man was killed near Tokyo in a car overturned by huge gusts, while another person died after being washed away in a car.
Those who are missing were caught up in flooding and landslides, while 80 injuries have been reported.
More than 270,000 households lost power, public broadcaster NHK said.
About six million people were advised to leave their homes before the typhoon had even arrived.
The streets of Tokyo were deserted as those that had stayed remained indoors.
An earthquake measuring 5.3, according to the US Geological Survey, shook the areas which had been drenched by rainfall. The earthquake was in the ocean off Chiba, near Tokyo.
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Image: Ise, Mie Prefecture, where rescuers use a rubber dingy to look for people who need help
Image: More than 1,600 flights have been cancelled as the typhoon approaches
A 50-year-old man was killed after his car overturned in a tornado east of Tokyo, while five others were injured as gales tore the roofs off a number of houses, before the storm made landfall.
Since the typhoon arrived, it has injured at least 80 people, bringing the heaviest rain and winds seen by Japan in 60 years. There are warnings of floods and landslides.
NHK, Japan’s broadcasting corporation, reported that 270,000 homes are without power.
Image: An overturned car in Ichihara, Chiba
Image: The typhoon on its way to make landfall. Pic: Magic Seaweed
Image: As much as 50cm of rain could hit some parts of Japan. Pic: NOAA
Several people are missing in a town near Tokyo after a landslide destroyed two houses. There are reports that a second person has been killed in the landslide.
One of the strongest typhoons to hit the country in recent years, it has already destroyed or damaged 30,000 houses and caused extensive power cuts.
Japanese rugby team wades through typhoon water
Image: Strong waves hit a seawall along the coast in Hamamatsu
Image: The typhoon made landfall on Saturday evening
And more than 16,000 households had lost power, while shops, factories subways have been shut down as a precaution.
Organisers of the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix have cancelled all practice and qualifying sessions, while two matches of the Rugby World Cup have also been scratched.
Image: People have been advised to stay at home
England’s match against France was cancelled, and the team has returned to Miyazaki where they held their pre-tournament training camp. New Zealand’s match against Italy was also cancelled.
Japan’s rugby team had to wade through flood waters to get to their sodden pitch for practice, as their match against Scotland tomorrow could still go ahead if organisers believe it is safe.
Image: People take pictures as storm clouds loom
Image: A man covers a doorway to prepare for the typhoon
World Rugby told fans of Namibia and Canada not to travel to Kamashi ahead of Sunday’s planned match, as they consider whether it should be cancelled. The teams have also been advised of potential cancellation.
More than 1,600 flights have been cancelled and train services suspended.
Typhoon Hagibis was expected to bring heavy rainfall and possible mudslides
Image: Formula 1 spectators gather at a makeshift accommodation at Suzuka Circuit
Tokyo Disneyland is also closed.
Some 17,000 police and military troops have been called up, standing ready for rescue operations, while dozens of evacuation centres have opened in coastal towns.
Image: Empty shelves in Tokyo as people buy up supplies for the storm
Hagibis, which means “speed” in Filipino, is expected to reach close to Tokyo later, dumping up to 50cm (20ins) of rain.
Yasushi Kajihara, from Japan’s meteorological agency, said: “Be ready for rainfall of the kind that you have never experienced. Take all measures necessary to save your life.”
Image: A map from Japan’s meteorological agency which shows emergency warnings in purple
Image: The impact of the typhoon. Red arrows shows winds with strong gusts. Pic: Magic Seaweed
Evacuation centres have opened, with people taking refuge on floors and hoping their homes would be there when they return.
Yuka Ikemura, a 24-year-old nursery school teacher, is in an evacuation centre in Tokyo with her three-year-old son, eight-month-old daughter, and their pet rabbit.
Image: Taped up windows and bags filled with water to counter a flood surge at a shop
Image: People look at the flooded Tama River during Typhoon Hagibis
She said: “I’ve got small children to take care of and we live on the first floor of an old apartment.”
“We brought with us the bare necessities. I’m scared to think about when we will have run out diapers and milk.”
A typhoon that hit the Tokyo region in 1958 left more than 1,200 people dead and half a million houses flooded.
Source : Sky News