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(Update 4) Typhoon Hagibis Crosses Kanto Region; 2 Dead, 33 Injured

(Update 4) Typhoon Hagibis Crosses Kanto Region; 2 Dead, 33 Injured

   Tokyo, Oct. 12 (Jiji Press)--Very big and powerful Typhoon Hagibis crossed the Kanto eastern Japan region including Tokyo after making landfall in the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan, shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday (10 a.m. GMT).
   Two people were confirmed dead, six people went missing and 33 people suffered injuries. The 19th typhoon of this year brought record-breaking rains and strong winds in the Tokai central region including Shizuoka and Kanto.
   At 3:30 p.m., the Japan Meteorological Agency issued special heavy rain warnings to Tokyo and six prefectures--Gunma, Saitama, Kanagawa, Yamanashi, Shizuoka and Nagano. Municipalities covered by the special rain warnings included the cities of Hachioji and Machida in Tokyo, the cities of Honjo and Chichibu in Saitama, the cities of Sagamihara and Odawara in Kanagawa, and the cities of Atami and Izu in Shizuoka.
   A special warning is issued when serious disasters are imminent or have already occurred. The agency issued special heavy rain alerts to five more prefectures--Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi and Niigata--at 7:50 p.m. and later to five of Tokyo's 23 special wards--Itabashi, Nerima, Kita, Toshima and Setagaya.
   Of the 12 prefectures, it is the first time for Tokyo, Gunma, Saitama, Kanagawa, Yamanashi, Shizuoka, Nagano, Fukushima and Niigata to have such heavy rain alerts. Miyagi, Ibaraki and Tochigi faced special heavy rain warnings during torrential rains that hit the areas in 2015.

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