Oct 12

Typhoon Hagibis makes landfall in Shizuoka

Officials at Japan’s Meteorological Agency say Typhoon Hagibis made landfall near Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture just before 7 p.m. Saturday.

Hagibis is classified as “strong” and is bringing heavy rain and winds to wide areas of central and eastern Japan.

Officials at Japan’s Meteorological Agency have extended an heavy rain emergency warning to the prefectures of Ibaraki, Tochigi, Niigata, Fukushima and Miyagi at 7:50 p.m.

It is the highest level on the agency’s five-tier warning scale.

The agency had already issued the same warning to Tokyo and the central and eastern prefectures of Shizuoka, Kanagawa, Saitama, Gunma, Yamanashi and Nagano earlier on Saturday.

These areas are experiencing severe rainfall that is only expected once every several decades and there is an imminent danger of landslides and flooding. People are being urged to do everything they can to protect themselves.

<Analysis at 10 UTC, 12 October>
Scale Large
Intensity
Center position N34°55′ (34.9°)
E138°55′ (138.9°)
Direction and speed of movement NNE 35 km/h (20 kt)
Central pressure 955 hPa
Maximum wind speed near center 40 m/s (80 kt)
Maximum wind gust speed 60 m/s (115 kt)
≥ 50 kt wind area SE 330 km (180 NM)
NW 260 km (140 NM)
≥ 30 kt wind area E 650 km (350 NM)
W 560 km (300 NM)
<Forecast for 21 UTC, 12 October>
Intensity
Center position of probability circle N38°35′ (38.6°)
E143°10′ (143.2°)
Direction and speed of movement NE 50 km/h (27 kt)
Central pressure 975 hPa
Maximum sustained wind speed 35 m/s (65 kt)
Maximum wind gust speed 50 m/s (95 kt)
Radius of probability circle 60 km (30 NM)
Storm warning area ALL 390 km (210 NM)
<Forecast for 09 UTC, 13 October>
Intensity
LOW
Center position of probability circle N42°50′ (42.8°)
E152°40′ (152.7°)
Direction and speed of movement ENE 80 km/h (42 kt)
Central pressure 986 hPa
Maximum sustained wind speed 30 m/s (55 kt)
Maximum wind gust speed 40 m/s (80 kt)
Radius of probability circle 90 km (50 NM)
Storm warning area ALL 350 km (190 NM)