Surging waves hit against the breakwater at a port in town of Kiho, Mie Prefecture, on Friday. Photo: AP/Toru Hanai
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Train operators, airlines to suspend services as typhoon on course to strike eastern Japan

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A powerful typhoon is on course to strike Tokyo and other areas of eastern Japan this weekend, the weather agency warned Friday, as train operators and airlines announced plans to suspend many services in the metropolitan area.

Typhoon Hagibis, which it is feared could dump torrential rain on a level not seen since a deadly typhoon in 1958, is expected to approach the region from Friday evening and make landfall Saturday evening, before passing east of Hokkaido in northern Japan on Sunday afternoon, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

There will be no shinkansen bullet trains between Tokyo and Nagoya throughout Saturday, only six early-morning services will run between Nagoya and Shin-Osaka, and operations between Shin-Osaka and Okayama will be canceled from the afternoon.

East Japan Railway Co said it will gradually suspend trains in the Tokyo metropolitan area on Saturday -- starting some time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. -- including its Tohoku and Hokuriku shinkansen services.

All Nippon Airways Co said it will cancel all domestic flights and most international flights to and from Haneda and Narita airports on Saturday, with some exceptions in the early morning and late at night.

Japan Airlines Co has also decided to cancel most of its flights on Saturday, apart from those in the early hours.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe instructed cabinet members to take necessary measures to deal with the typhoon, the season's 19th.

"The government will work as one to prepare for the approach of the typhoon," said Ryota Takeda, minister for disaster risk reduction, while urging people to evacuate early and stockpile water and food.

With winds forecast to reach 216 kilometers per hour, the agency warned houses were at risk of collapsing in the Tokai area in central Japan, and the Kanto-Koshin region -- including the Tokyo metropolitan area -- on Saturday.

Up to 800 millimeters of rain is expected in the Tokai region, and 600 mm in the Kanto-Koshin region, in the 24-hour period through Sunday morning, the agency said.

It added the predicted rainfall amounts would be in line with those deposited by Typhoon Ida in September 1958, which left 1,200 people dead or missing across Japan.

That typhoon, known as Kanogawa in Japan, ripped through the Kanto region and the Izu Peninsula, causing Kano River in Shizuoka Prefecture to overflow.

As of 3 p.m., Typhoon Hagibis was traveling north-northwestward at a speed of 25 kph, some 550 kilometers south-southwest of Hachijo Island in the Pacific, with an atmospheric pressure of 925 hectopascals at its center, packing winds of up to 252 kph.

Suspended services

JR trains

-- Tokyo metropolitan area, from 9 a.m. Saturday through Sunday noon

JR bullet trains

-- between Tokyo and Nagoya on Saturday

-- between Nagoya and Shin-Osaka on Saturday (three trains will run in each direction between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m.)

-- between Shin-Osaka and Okayama from Saturday afternoon

Tokyo Metro

-- some sections on Marunouchi, Hibiya, Chiyoda and other lines from around 1 p.m. Saturday

Toei Subway

-- some sections on Mita and Shinjuku lines from 2 p.m. Saturday

Odakyu

-- from 3 p.m. Saturday

-- Romancecar, all day Saturday

Tokyu

-- from around 11:30 a.m. Saturday

Keio

-- from around 2 p.m. Saturday

Seibu

-- from around 1 p.m. Saturday through Sunday morning

Keikyu

-- from around noon Saturday through Sunday noon

Tobu

-- from around 1 p.m. Saturday

Minatomirai

-- from around 11:30 a.m. Saturday

Yurikamome

-- from 2 p.m. Saturday

Tokyo Monorail

-- from around 4 p.m. Saturday through Sunday noon

ANA flights

-- most international flights to and from Haneda, Narita airports on Saturday

-- all international flights to and from Nagoya and Osaka on Saturday

-- all domestic flights to and from Haneda, Narita airports on Saturday

-- many domestic flights to and from Nagoya and Osaka on Saturday

JAL flights

-- many international flights to and from Haneda, Narita, Nagoya and Kansai airports on Saturday

-- many domestic flights to and from Haneda, Narita, Nagoya, Osaka and Kansai airports on Saturday

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Please, again, not threatens WILL, as it already has, with all the cancellations already being made with the airlines alone, this typhoon is affecting people WORLDWIDE!

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All Nippon Airways Co and Japan Airlines Co said they have canceled most of their flights in eastern and western Japan for Saturday.

JAL has cancelled 100% of it's flights and ANA over 90% with the other roughly 10% depending upon the speed of the typhoon, as they MIGHT be able to get flights out later Saturday night!

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@burningbush Relax

Rabble rabble. Maybe you didn't get the memo from St. Petes: even RT warns about the typhoon.

https://www.rt.com/sport/470385-typhoon-hagibis-rugby-formula-1/

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I always thought the center of a typhoon was very calm. What do I know?

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Recently visited your country from Australia early in the year so I hope you stay safe and take care

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I always thought the center of a typhoon was very calm. What do I know?

If you notice I wrote, "near" it's center, not THE center! The center or "eye" of the storm is extremely quiet. I have pictures of a number of them going right over my house.

One minute, violent winds, rains, everything, next minute, sun is shining, calm, beautiful weather, then WHAM the back side hits!

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My in laws were meant to be flying down from Sapporo into Tokyo tomorrow for my wife's birthday and also our daughters' Sports Day. But their flights have unfortunately been cancelled.

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This storm looks like its going to be massive. Sitting here in the office hoping that they'll cancel tomorrow so we don't have to come in...

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http://www.tropicalstormrisk.com/tracker/dynamic/main.html

This website has very good and accurate information.

Be smart and be safe.

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Where I am there is heavy cloud and a strange stillness. Not a breath of wind.

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Prepare for the worst , hope for the best.

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My in laws were meant to be flying down from Sapporo into Tokyo tomorrow for my wife's birthday and also our daughters' Sports Day.

I am surprised they don't cancel their Sports Day too. Many schools have already cancelled here in Kansai and Kanto is supposedly going to be hit harder.

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When a typhoon hit the metropolitan area in September last year, JR East announced a potential suspension of its schedule only eight hours beforehand, resulting in many people going to stations without knowing about possible cancellations.

Eight hours that's not enough to inform employer how bad typhoon effect to transportation system that their worker use to commute. Fortunately this week typhoon will happen during weekend so no employer will try to push their worker to work like when September's typhoon happened.

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The calm before the storm...

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The eye wall is the most violent part of a tropical cyclone, when number 24 barrelled through us last year, very similar in strength and size to this one. Pretty crazy. Stay safe. Hunker down, and if you’re in an old wooden building, I’d be tempted to get a friend who lives in a concrete house, or a least a new wooden one. Alternatively, hotel. Do NOT underestimate this life threatening event.

Number 24 last year: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typhoon_Trami

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during weekend so no employer will try to push their worker to work like when September's typhoon happened.

Lots of people work on Saturdays and Sundays and even national holidays.

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The typhoon has moved further from the coast and probably at least in West Japan will not not be a problem.

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The usual exaggeration in the media.

It will just be somewhat wet and windy as usual.

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The forecast is calling for 100km/hr+ winds in Tokyo. Typhoons of this magnitude rarely hit Japan.

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The usual exaggeration in the media.

It will just be somewhat wet and windy as usual.

If ‘wet and windy as usual’ means ripping roofs off, knocking power lines down and leaving people without power like the last one, I’d say that’s cause for alarm.

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@rzadigi: Not true, just for starters, ask Okinawan people.

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Authorities and transportation companies are always in a catch-22.

They can take precautionary measure and end up with egg on their face if things turn out to be a dud.

Or they can do nothing and then get backlash if things end up being really bad and people end up getting hurt / killed as a result.

This is particularly true when there is a major international sporting event taking place, with a significant number of non-residents in the area.

For anyone that has lived in Kanto for any length of time, most typhoons that strike the area never cause any significant issues during the time the typhoon is over the region, apart from isolated, local flooding. What tends to be more of an issue is flooding around rivers after the fact.

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The forecast is calling for 100km/hr+ winds in Tokyo. Typhoons of this magnitude rarely hit Japan.

Lol! I invite you to come down to Okinawa. 100km/hr winds are not that bad, that is under 30m/s, and to be classified as bofu, or typhoon strength winds they have to be over 25m/s.

Wend you get up to 190 KM to 200 KM plus then lets talk about "magnitude"

Not true, just for starters, ask Okinawan people.

Quite so, we get them, of this strength, at least 4 or 5 times a year!

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Working on Saturday???

This storm looks like its going to be massive. Sitting here in the office hoping that they'll cancel tomorrow so we don't have to come in...

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If you are looking for alternative sources of typhoon forecasts, other than the approved JMA forecasts, here are a few:

https://www.metoc.navy.mil/jtwc/jtwc.html

And this:

https://www.ventusky.com

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Endless dramatizations and, as usual in this anzen-boke country, overreactions. Particularly on TV and particularly based on Tokyo, where nothing really happens (other areas have far more legitimate concerns). I am not minimizing the effects, but I have hardly seen foreign country being so doomed in their daily activities without certainty of an event occurring...

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What's the big deal?

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repacked our 60ltr emergency backpack and filled 5ltr waterbag ready to move if needs be, dib dib dob. Better safe than sorry.

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repacked our 60ltr emergency backpack and filled 5ltr waterbag ready to move if needs be, dib dib dob. Better safe than sorry.

Is it expected to hit Kobe or you are just taking extra precaution?

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Particularly on TV and particularly based on Tokyo, where nothing really happens (other areas have far more legitimate concerns). I am not minimizing the effects

Actually when hitting the Tokyo region, the forecasts put the strongest wind gusts in the Tokyo and closest vicinity and Yokohama areas during the night between Saturday and Sunday.

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Since the little one was born what with earthquakes and typhoons i knocked up this pretty good emergency bag and just good to know its always ready with water food shelter clothing if the s ever hits the fan. looking at the map now looks like Kobe will get within the "red ring" meaning possible 70m per sec. I do think it will lose some welly when it hits land but again best to be safe than sorry hey.

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The usual exaggeration in the media.It will just be somewhat wet and windy as usual.

Did you completely miss the last typhoon. The worst by far in my 16 years here. These storms are getting worse. We can no longer afford to write them off as just wind and rain.

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Typhoon this strong hasn't hit since 1958 when 1200 were killed.

Strong earthquake in Chiba.

None expected by the rugby visitors.

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This looks like the worst I will witness personally since 1993 - I got here in 1992. Stay safe people.

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the power of mother nature

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zones2surf's ventusky link looks very informative.

And for the next 36 hours or so, a bit scary.

Stay safe, everyone.

Invalid CSRF

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Nature is stronger than living creatures. Someday we will not be on earth.

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You can find flooding hazard maps on the homepage of your locality.

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After dead stillness all day the wind is starting to pick up now, restlessly tossing and twisting the bamboos and trees in that familiar old typhoon-approaches feeling.

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the water is vanishing from shops. By the way, most of the supermarkets will be closed tomorrow in Tokyo, so prepare people. I will stock beer for me and milk for kids, and resist urges to fix the roof

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Take proper precautions and everyone SHOULD be fine! Many will be inconvenienced and many will probably lose power, but IF people do what they should be doing and heed the warnings, there should be ZERO reason for anyone to have to die or be injured.

Yeah stuff happens, unforseen events too, but stay cool, use common sense, and dont be freaked out by the warnings of doom and gloom!

Remember too that back in 1958 the overwhelming majority of houses in Japan were of wood, built in areas that were prone to flooding, poor infrastructure and much like what many places in the PI are today.

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Kajihara said Hagibis could bring rainfall on the same level as the "Kanogawa Typhoon" of 1958 that left more than 1,200 people dead or missing in Shizuoka and the Kanto region.

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/special/01/1919/

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This house is not made of modern materials, thank goodness. Mostly constructed of wood, it has a heavy tiled roof. We like it.

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Looking at the trackers my above post is correct that the typhoon is moving further out to sea so will hit less of the mainland.

But we can still expect wind and rain.

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Thanks to the panickers, it's just like March 11, 2011. Shelves are empty of meat, fish, bread, milk... they still have some beer though.

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I’ve been living in Miyazaki for years and we get typhoons all the time. I can’t remember ever seeing a category 5 in Japan. And as a surfer I’m quite tuned into the weather. Steady gusts of 100km/hr is technically just under a category 1 but will still do serious damage. Hopefully everyone up there stays safe.

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Roger JollyT:

Endless dramatizations and, as usual in this anzen-boke country, overreactions. 

It's far better to be overemphsized and nothing happens than underestimating and hundreds of peple get killed.

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@Serrano, if you didn’t get a sense of urgency, if not panic, at 14:46 an after on March 11, 2011, you simply did not understand the gravity of what was going on.

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What about the Rugby Fans staying in AirBnB accommodation...

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This is quite a change. It's sunny and warm in Okinawa and we have been having nice cool nights. People who live in Okinawa face this kind of typhoon every year, even multiple times. Please be safe if you live in the area affected by the current typhoon. After the storm is over, please think how you can be better prepared next time. Stay safe.

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@Hervé L'Eisa

Your website looks interesting, suggests by landfall it'll be a Cat 1 storm.

@zones2surf

The US Navy site sort of agrees with the above, storm loosing strength, though I wonder how the Naval base is going to handle 44 ft waves for any moored ships.

The ventusky site - nice animation, shows Yokohama getting a direct hit at 10pm and Chiba at 11pm... 13ft waves in Tokyo.... now that could be a problem, especially for Disney Land.

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BTW Ventusky is a Czech company...check the "About us" section.

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Tokyo will be in worst part of the eyewall, in the NE Quadrant, with most intense wind, high-rise will be impacted greater, the higher you are, the most intense the wind will be

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rain coats and goulash's....

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since JR have suspended train movements, are the train driver paid for being off? airline pilots are they having an extra day off? and 1 more thing are the airport charging the airlines for still parking there aircraft there even when its not there problem?

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Stay safe I'm coming from Melbourne Australia in two weeks

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12 Oct time 0513 Tokyo so far nothing but a little rain no wind

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12 Oct 0547 hours Tokyo heavy rain little wind

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since JR have suspended train movements, are the train driver paid for being off? airline pilots are they having an extra day off? and 1 more thing are the airport charging the airlines for still parking there aircraft there even when its not there problem?

What difference does it make in the larger scheme of things? Would you rather see these people put their lives at risk for some convoluted idea or thought of yours?

And when you say there is "not a problem" are your suggesting that the weather forecasters are all off their rockers and people shouldnt prepare for the worst.

Or are you one of those that think, when it hits it's time to get on the roof and tie everything down?

WHich is it?

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I’ve been living in Miyazaki for years and we get typhoons all the time. I can’t remember ever seeing a category 5 in Japan. 

Short memory, Typhoon Kongrey, came in September 2018, it was a Cat 5 storm,

However, even this typhoon is no longer a Cat 5, currently it is a Cat 2 and weakening further, by the time it passes Tokyo it will be either a Cat 1 or back to a tropical storm.

Kongrey dropped significantly as well prior to hitting mainland!

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any info on inbound from overseas flights?

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hmm why has FB been down since last night is the question

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The US weather Service give an hour update of all storms in the Atlantic for coastal you want know the potential impact of a hurricane on life and property Google Saffir-Simpson Scale

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