How does Japan deal with Typhoon Hagibis

Typhoon HAGIBIS is approaching Japan

At the moment, the typhoon is still raging far away from any civilization in the Pacific, but its key figures are quite impressive:

  • Wave heights 15-20 meters
  • Average wind speeds 260 km / h
  • Top gusts 300 km / h
  • Diameter of the eye around 50 km

HAGIBIS is now heading northwards on its further track, and it will hardly weaken above the almost 30 degrees warm sea water. Thus, from Saturday (local time), the Japanese main island of Honshu will be in the focus of the cyclone.

The following animation shows the typical eye of the typhoon:

Great Typhoon Hagibis.

Earth’s power & beauty on display.

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The typhoon is expected to hit land between Nagoya and Tokyo as a category 3 (of 5) typhoon on Saturday afternoon (local time). In addition to hurricane gusts of up to 180 km / h on the coast, the immense amounts of rain in particular will impair public life.

Here you can see the predicted amounts of precipitation of the European weather model: Widespread, around 200 liters of rain per square meter are likely, but 300 to 500 l / m² are also conceivable in somewhat hilly terrain!

Formula 1 and rugby affected

The F1 race is taking place in Suzuka this weekend, and the typhoon is likely to shake up the racing program. While the training on Friday can still take place as planned, the program fell victim to the typhoon on Saturday.

The typhoon is likely to hit land just east of Suzuka on Saturday and bring massive rain to the racetrack. By Sunday the typhoon has already moved to the northeast and so, like 5 years ago with Typhoon PHANFONE, qualifying and races will take place on Sunday.

The Rugby World Cup is also currently taking place in Japan as the second major sporting event; it will also be affected by the typhoon on Saturday. The New Zealand-Italy and England-France games scheduled for this day have already been canceled and rated 0-0 in advance.


Source cover picture: Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA)