Tokyo: At least seven people were killed while 15 others went missing after a powerful typhoon Hagibis pounded Tokyo and surrounding areas with heavy rain and strong winds on Saturday.
The storm, typhoon Hagibis, is forecast to be Japan’s worst typhoon in six decades.
The storm made landfall around 7 PM on Saturday in Ito, a resort town on the Izu Peninsula in Tokyo. By midnight, the rain and wind had moved past the capital, leaving some flooding in the city’s west.
Following this, record rains flooded rivers, pushed dams to their limits and caused several landslides. An earthquake measuring 5.7 magnitude also shook Chiba, east of Tokyo, early Saturday evening.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said Saturday afternoon that sustained winds from the typhoon had been measured at about 100 miles per hour, with gusts of up to 135 miles per hour, landing the storm in the third-strongest category.