Evacuations Ordered For Towns In 4 Prefectures

Evacuations ordered for towns in 4 prefectures

Authorities have ordered thousands of people in Shizuoka, Tokyo, Gunma, and Wakayama prefectures to evacuate their homes immediately as Typhoon Hagibis barrels toward Japan.

As of 10 a.m. Saturday, the directives apply to more than 8,000 residents across Kikugawa City in Shizuoka, Oshima Town in Tokyo, Ueno Village in Gunma, and Tanabe City in Wakayama.

An evacuation order means authorities consider the likelihood of a disaster to be imminent, and are urging people to immediately move to safety.

Evacuation advisories are in place for about 1.8 million people in Gunma, Chiba, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Yamanashi, Shizuoka and Mie prefectures.

Both the orders and advisories are ranked at a level of 4 on a scale of 5.