US troops urged to prepare as powerful Typhoon Hagibis takes aim at Tokyo

Airman 1st Class Sabastian Yorr, of Houston, helps fill sandbags in preparation for a major typhoon expected to impact Yokota Air Base, Japan, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (THERON GODBOLD/STARS AND STRIPES
Airman 1st Class Sabastian Yorr, of Houston, helps fill sandbags in preparation for a major typhoon expected to impact Yokota Air Base, Japan, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (THERON GODBOLD/STARS AND STRIPES

US troops urged to prepare as powerful Typhoon Hagibis takes aim at Tokyo

by Caitlin Doornbos
Stripes Japan

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Typhoon Hagibis, downgraded from super typhoon but still described by Japanese forecasters as large and “extremely strong,” is charging toward eastern Japan, where U.S. military bases around Tokyo prepared for strong wind and heavy rains.

Metropolitan Tokyo expects 16-24 inches of rain between 6 a.m. Saturday and 6 a.m. Sunday, along with winds of 89 mph, gusting to 134 mph on Sunday, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

The agency also warned of landslides and flooding, as well as possible tornadoes. High tides and heavy rain were forecast along the coast beginning Friday.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.602645

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