Typhoon Hagibis makes landfall on Japan’s Izu Peninsula, with public transportation shut down

Heavy downpours and winds hit the east coast of Japan on Saturday after typhoon Hagibis made landfall on the Izu Peninsula on Japan's main island at 19:00 Saturday local time, according to local authorities, with most stores closed and public transportation shut down.

According to information provided by rescuers and local authorities, at least one dead, 50 injured and four went missing in the prefecture and elsewhere in the country.

Typhoon Hagibis, meaning “swift” in the Philippine language Tagalog, could possibly bring rainfall amounts not seen since a deadly typhoon in 1958, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

Shinkansen bullet train service between Tokyo and Nagoya was suspended on Saturday. East Japan Railway Co. said it had suspended its Tohoku and Hokuriku shinkansen services in the afternoon and gradually reduced train operations in the Tokyo metropolitan area from Saturday morning and halted services around 13:00 local time, and is expected to resume operation after Sunday afternoon.

“I can’t even get out now. I had to wait for someone to pick me up. It’s too dangerous to get out,” said a local resident, who was stuck at the Shinjuku Station.

“I’ve never seen such a massive typhoon before. The typhoon this time is really strong,” said another local resident.

Most department stores and supermarkets in Tokyo area were closed on Saturday, while some shops near stations and convenience stores issued notices that they will close in the afternoon and will remain shut down until 14:00 or 15:00 local time on Sunday.

Japan Airlines Co. has canceled most of its Saturday flights and All Nippon Airways Co. has canceled all domestic flights and most of its international flights.

By Saturday morning, the typhoon had caused power cuts to about 14,000 households in several areas, such as Shizuoka Prefecture, Tokyo Metropolis and Chiba Prefecture and other areas.

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