A man died and five others were injured including three children as Super Typhoon Hagibis approached Central Japan this morning.
A report from CNN quoted local police as saying that a 49-year-old man in Ichihara City, Chiba prefecture, was killed when a tornado flipped his car.
Fire authorities, meanwhile, reported at least five other people, including three children, injured as the tornado swept through the city.
Although the storm had weakened, it reportedly remains highly dangerous with maximum winds of up to 195 kilometers per hour or 122 miles per hour. This is equivalent to a Category 3 Atlantic hurricane.
Hagibis was expected to make landfall this afternoon but it is already felt in central and southern parts of Honshu, Japan’s main island.
Winds as strong as 100 and 130 kph are expected to lash southern Japan, including Tokyo, for most of the mid-morning through the evening. Rainfall of up to 200 millimeters is also predicted to cause flooding. (Photo: Jersey Evening Post)