JAPAN PREPARES FOR LOCKDOWN AS THE “TYPHOON HAGIBIS” APPROACHES




İrem UZUN -TDO- A powerful typhoon was approaching Japan, threatening to batter its capital with the heaviest rain and winds in 60 years, shutting down stores, factories and subway systems and disrupting the rugby World Cup and the Formula One Grand Prix.

Typhoon Hagibis, which means “speed” in the Philippine language Tagalog, is due to make landfall on the main island of Honshu on Saturday. The storm could be the strongest to hit Tokyo since 1958, people should also prepare for high waves and storm surges, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Typhoon Hagibis, which is expected to bring heavy rain and violent winds, has also forced factory and shops to close, with shoppers clearing out shelves at some stores as they scrambled for bottled water and instant noodles. Local authorities are also on alert for possible flooding as the storm may coincide with high tide at Tokyo bay. Japan Airlines will cancel more than 90 percent of domestic flights to and from Tokyo’s Haneda and Narita airports on Saturday due to the typhoon, according to the Japanese media. Most train and subway lines in Tokyo were also due to be shut down.