More than seven million people have been invited to evacuate to Japan as the powerful Typhoon Hagibis hit the country with the heaviest rains and winds of the last 60 years.

The maximum sustained winds of the typhoon can reach 111 mph and up to 30 inches of rain could be unleashed before it blows at sea.

    We see a house and a vehicle destroyed by strong winds in Ichihara, Chiba, near Tokyo.

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We see a house and a vehicle destroyed by strong winds in Ichihara, Chiba, near Tokyo.Credit: AP: Associated Press
    A police officer looks at information about Typhoon Hagibis on a screen at Shinjuku Station in Tokyo

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A police officer looks at information about Typhoon Hagibis on a screen at Shinjuku Station in TokyoCredit: EPA
    Houses in central Japan flooded after Typhoon Hagibis landed

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Houses in central Japan flooded after Typhoon Hagibis landedCredit: Reuters
    Violent waves crashed on shore due to Typhoon Hagibis

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Violent waves crashed on shore due to Typhoon HagibisCredit: EPA

Shortly before the typhoon, a magnitude 5.7 earthquake was caused in the ocean off the Chiba coast near Tokyo.

The storm has already killed two people, including a man in his forties who lost his life when his car was knocked down in a tornado east of Tokyo and five others injured when storms destroyed the roof of several houses.

More than 60 people were injured across the country.

Typhoon Hagibis led to the loss of power from more than 370,000 homes, according to the NHK public channel.

Today 's footage shows Japanese Rugby World Cup players wading through a flooded stadium in Tokyo.

The team was forced to leave the stadium before their match against Scotland.

The Japan Meteorological Agency has released the highest alert level in 12 regions, including Tokyo, warning of rainfall amounts falling only once a decade.

Yasushi Kajihara, head of the agency, said: "Be prepared for rainfall such as you have never seen before.

"The damage caused by floods and landslides is probably already happening.

"It is essential that people take urgent measures to protect their lives and those of their loved ones."

MORTEAU MORTEL

Kajihara said that people living near rivers should stay on the second floor or higher of any solid building if an officially designated evacuation center was not easily accessible.

Several people are missing in a city near Tokyo after a landslide destroyed two homes, NHK said.

Due to bad weather, 1,600 flights were blocked, while stores and factories were also closed.

Weather patterns predict that the monster storm will continue on a northwesterly course towards this morning's landing.

Nobuyuki Tsuchiya, director of the Japanese River Research Center, said Tokyo, where 1.5 million people live below sea level, said residents were facing storm surges.

"We are heading towards high tide, if the typhoon hit Tokyo when the tide is high, it could cause storm surges and that would be the scariest scenario.

"People in Tokyo have had a false sense of security."

Hagibis, which means "speed" in Filipino, was moving north with maximum sustained winds of 111 mph, according to the meteorological agency.

The most deadly typhoon to hit Japan is Typhoon Ida, dubbed the "Kanogawa Typhoon" in 1958, which killed more than 1,000 people.

Rugby World Cup matches have also been modified for October 12th and 13th.

England against France in Yokohama is one of the players to cancel, as Sunday matches are still under consideration.

But Scotland hope to still face Japan in Yokohama on Sunday, with a quarter-final place to win.

New Zealand got its place in the next round after its match against Italy – which still had a chance to progress but would miss now – was canceled.

    Typhoon Hagibis floods roads in Tokyo

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Typhoon Hagibis floods roads in TokyoCredit: Reuters
    A man fights with his umbrella against strong winds at a pedestrian crossing in Tokyo

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A man fights with his umbrella against strong winds at a pedestrian crossing in TokyoCredit: AP: Associated Press
    A man fights with his umbrella while walking near Osaka station

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A man fights with his umbrella while walking near Osaka stationCredit: Reuters
    This weather map shows the impact of Typhoon Hagibis on Japan if it moves to the northwest.

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This weather map shows the impact of Typhoon Hagibis on Japan if it moves to the northwest.Credit: Japanese Meteorological Agency
    The purple on the map shows areas of Japan that are under an "emergency warning" following the typhoon's landing.

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The purple on the map shows areas of Japan that are under an "emergency warning" following the typhoon's landing.Credit: Japanese Meteorological Agency
    Typhoon Hagibis destroyed homes in Ichihara, Japan, Chiba

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Typhoon Hagibis destroyed homes in Ichihara, Japan, ChibaCredit: AFP
    Rescue teams cross flooded residential area in central Japan

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Rescue teams cross flooded residential area in central JapanCredit: Reuters
    The vans are partially submerged during floods preceding the typhoon

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The vans are partially submerged during floods preceding the typhoonCredit: Reuters
    People watch from the second floor of their houses the overflow of the Isuzu River

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People watch from the second floor of their houses the overflow of the Isuzu RiverCredit: AP: Associated Press
    The Japanese rugby team was forced to cross the floodwaters before its match against Scotland

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The Japanese rugby team was forced to cross the floodwaters before its match against ScotlandCredit: AP: Associated Press
    Japanese Jiwon Koo, a member of the rugby team, carries his teammate James Moore in a flooded footbridge to the head of Typhoon Hagibis

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Japanese Jiwon Koo, a member of the rugby team, carries his teammate James Moore in a flooded footbridge to the head of Typhoon HagibisCredit: AP: Associated Press
    A player from the Japanese National Rugby Union team balances while he was trying to cross the floodwaters at Chichibunomiya rugby stadium in Tokyo

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A player from the Japanese National Rugby Union team balances while he was trying to cross the floodwaters at Chichibunomiya rugby stadium in TokyoCredit: Reuters
    Rugby player races in flood waters

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Rugby player races in flood watersCredit: Reuters
    Another player tries to walk on the benches inside the stadium

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Another player tries to walk on the benches inside the stadiumCredit: Reuters
Super Typhoon Hagibis is fast approaching Japan with the disruption of the Rugby World Cup and the Japanese F1 Grand Prix under threat

What is the difference between a cyclone, a typhoon and a hurricane?

Hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons are names for the same weather phenomenon.

The difference between them is their location.

Hurricanes are tropical storms that form on the North Atlantic Ocean and the Northeast Pacific.

Hurricanes form over the South Pacific and the Indian Ocean and typhoons over the Pacific Northwest.

Hurricanes and typhoons are tropical cyclones – a generic term for rotating cloud and thunderstorm systems in tropical or subtropical waters.


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