Flights grounded, trains halted and supermarkets shut. Rugby and F1 Grand Prix also affected.
Hagibis is threatening to batter Tokyo. The heaviest rain and winds in 60 years on the way, are shutting down stores, factories and subway systems. The first time ever a World Rugby Cup was cancelled. The Formula One Grand Prix would also not take place.
Typhoon Hagibis, meaning “speed” in the Philippine language Tagalog, would make landfall on Honshu on Saturday. This is a month after one of the strongest typhoons hit Japan in recent years destroyed or damaged 30,000 houses and caused extensive power outages.
The storm could be the strongest to hit Tokyo since 1958. The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of massive waves. “The typhoon could bring record-level rainfall and winds,” an official at the agency told a news conference.