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.
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."
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.
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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.
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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