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    Judi Lynn
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    OCTOBER 11, 2019 / 9:19 PM / UPDATED 2 HOURS AGO

    TOKYO (Reuters) – One man died and more than a million in Japan were advised to evacuate as a powerful typhoon was set to make landfall late on Saturday, bringing with it the heaviest rain and winds in 60 years.

    A man in his forties was killed in an overturned car early on Saturday in Chiba prefecture east of Tokyo, where high winds were reported, according to public broadcaster NHK. Four people were injured, also in Chiba, as winds blew roofs off several houses.

    A number of municipal governments issued evacuation advisories to areas particularly at risk of floods and landslides, including some in the most populous greater Tokyo region, NHK said.

    Typhoon Hagibis, which means “speed” in the Philippine language Tagalog, is due to make landfall on Japan’s main island of Honshu late on Saturday, a month after one of the strongest typhoons to hit the country in recent years destroyed or damaged 30,000 houses and caused extensive power outages.

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    Japan’s skies turn deep shade of purple as strongest typhoon since 1958 approaches
    Hope everyone’s safe.

    Nyi Nyi Thet | October 12, 12:32 am

    Residents of central and eastern Japan are preparing themselves for possibly the most destructive storm in over 60 years.

    The South China Morning Post reported that Hagibis, which is the Philippine word for “speed”, is expected to hit near Nagoya in central Japan on Oct. 12.

    Flights have been cancelled as the country braces for potential impact.

    The organisers of Japan’s F1 Grand Prix have cancelled all practice and qualifying sessions scheduled for Oct. 12, due to the approach of the super typhoon.

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    ArtfromArk
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    Some people in my area were advised to evacuate, either because of the threat of flooding or the threat of mudslides, but we escaped any real damage. Areas on the other side of Tokyo got hit pretty hard, though.

     

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    davidpdx
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    @artfromark good to see you again!

    That was a nasty typhoon. We got a bit of rain and wind out of it here on the east coast of Korea, but it wasn’t too bad. I was really worried that thing was going to turn and go straight up north toward us. We’ve had a record number of typhoons go over Korea this year after having so many dry years.

    In April we had a nasty fire here in Goseong that almost burnt down my university. We had to evacuate to an elementary school for the night. Thankfully the school and my apartment building went untouched. It was close though.

    American living abroad in South Korea and a proud progressive.

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      ArtfromArk
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      Good to see you again, too.  It was a typical typhoon where I was, although my phone kept buzzing with alerts all day Saturday. They issued evacuation orders for some local areas that were threatened with flooding or mudslides, but there wasn’t any notable damage in my immediate area. The worst damage seems to have occurred in areas west and north of Yokohama.

      That fire at your university sounds frightening. How are things now?

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    Things now are better. The forest around the school is burnt pretty badly. If you go up to the top floor of the building I work in you can see just how close it got. The firefighters and the Red Cross did an excellent job. I have no idea how they are going to replace all of the trees that were burned and are dead. I heard it could take 30 years for the forest to come back. Lots of buildings and homes were destroyed as well. The poor students were scared shitless when it happened. The cause was a spark from a high-voltage electrical line that was knocked down by high winds.

    American living abroad in South Korea and a proud progressive.

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    Glad you’re both safe, and it sounds like less damage to life than expected overall.

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