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Typhoon Hagibis makes landfall in Japan triggering floods

Strongest storm in decades leaves two dead and over 400,000 homes without power

Wreckage lies strewn about after houses and cars were damaged by a tornado in the city of Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture, on Oct. 12. (Photo by Kai Fujii)

TOKYO -- A powerful typhoon made landfall on the Izu Peninsula near Tokyo on Saturday evening, disrupting transportation in the capital region and leaving two people dead. Millions of people in the Tokyo metropolitan area have been advised to evacuate as the storm approaches. Torrential rains caused rivers to flood, and authorities are taking emergency steps to discharge water from several dams to prevent them bursting, at the risk of further flooding.

Typhoon Hagibis is expected to be one of the strongest typhoons Japan has experienced in decades.

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