Rugby In pictures: Typhoon Hagibis brings strong winds, rain to Japan

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Rugby A railway passenger looks at screens showing the typhoon approaching JapanImage copyright

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A display in Tokyo’s Shinjuku railway station shows passengers information about the typhoon

Typhoon Hagibis has made landfall in Japan, bringing heavy rain and strong winds to Tokyo and its surrounding areas.

Hagibis – meaning “speed” in the Philippine language Tagalog – is forecast to be Japan’s worst typhoon in six decades.

It hit the Izu Peninsula, southwest of Tokyo, shortly before 19:00 local time (10:00 GMT) on Saturday and continues to move up the eastern coast.

Millions of people have been advised to evacuate their homes amid flood and landslide warnings, and one man has died after high winds flipped his car.

Some Rugby World Cup games and Formula One races have also been cancelled as a result of the major storm.

Tokyo, the Japanese capital, has been brought to a standstill. Here, a cafe lies submerged as the Tama river floods.

Rugby A cafe in Tokyo submerged in flood waterImage copyright
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The city’s Sumida river was also overflowing as the typhoon neared.

Rugby The Sumida River overflows as Typhoon Hagibis approaches Tokyo on 12 OctoberImage copyright
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Usually-crowded tourist spots have been almost completely deserted, including Harajuku – one of the city’s most famous shopping areas.

Rugby The usually very busy Harajuku district of TokyoImage copyright

Those caught in the rain have been struggling to make their way back indoors.

Rugby Pedestrians in Tokyo struggle with umbrellas in the wind and rainImage copyright

Rugby Pedestrians struggle against rain and wind in Tokyo, Japan, 12 October 2019Image copyright

The typhoon has brought transport systems to a standstill. Metro and train services in Tokyo were suspended and flights grounded.

Rugby A deserted subway station in Tokyo, with a message board in front of the barriersImage copyright
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