Japan Prepares For Typhoon Hagibis

Japan prepares for typhoon Hagibis

People across Japan are preparing for what's shaping up to be a turbulent weekend, as Typhoon Hagibis is approaching the country. It's being described as a potential super typhoon and could be this year's most powerful.

Disaster management officials in Chiba Prefecture are holding emergency meetings to discuss how best to prepare.

A big task given the prefecture is still trying to recover from Typhoon Faxai. It caused massive damage across the region last month, leaving hundreds of thousands of households without power for days.

NHK Meteorologist Tsietsi Monare says Typhoon Hagibis has a strong chance of being even more destructive, but this time, damage could be widespread.

Monare said, "The thing is the storm might skirt along the coast for quite a long time. So much of the coastal regions of Japan could be affected. And also the wind stretch so far out they could reach many many places of Japan causing destruction to power lines."

Japan's biggest railway company says if weather forecasts hold true, they may have to suspend services.

Those concerns are complicating plans for people who have been looking forward to this weekend for a long time. Many wedding ceremonies are planned for Sunday, as it's considered a lucky day on the Japanese calendar.

A bride-to-be posted on Twitter that the typhoon would spoil everything and has been losing sleep over the stress.

The typhoon could also potentially disrupt one of the biggest sporting events of the year. Eight Rugby World Cup matches are scheduled at venues across the country this weekend.

Officials say the safety of teams and fans are the top priority and that may mean cancelling the matches.

Japanese officials are urging people to take precautions and have offered a few pieces of advice. Make sure you have enough food and water, stay up to date on the latest information, and maybe reconsider your plans for the weekend.