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12 October 2019 19:17

Japanese Formula One Grand Prix organisers cancelled all practice and qualifying sessions scheduled for Saturday.

Japanese Grand Prix start time: Will race be cancelled because of Typhoon Hagibis?

The video will start in 8 Cancel Get the biggest daily news stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Super Typhoon Hagibis killed one person and injured 60 people after making landfall in Japan today, as seven million residents were urged to evacuate their homes. The Category 4 storm bore down on the Japanese capital on Saturday bringing with it the heaviest rain and winds seen since 1958. Typhoon Hagibis resulted a record-breaking deluge in many areas, bursting some river banks and threatening to flood low-lying Tokyo. The popular hot spring resort town of Hakone has already seen a whopping 939.5 mm (37 inches) of rain over 24 hours. Emergency preparations have triggered a mass evacuation and flight cancellations, fears of casualties and widespread damage, and chaos for the Rugby World Cup and Formula One organisers.

(Image: Xinhua/REX) "Damage from floods and landslides is likely taking place already," an agency official told a news conference carried by public broadcaster NHK. "It is critical that people take action urgently to protect their lives and the lives of loved ones." Many people in and around Tokyo took shelter in temporary evacuation facilities earlier on Saturday before the worst arrived. Yuka Ikemura, a 24-year-old nursery school teacher, was in one such facility at a community centre in Edogawa in eastern Tokyo with her 3-year-old son, 8-month-old daughter and their pet rabbit. (Image: REUTERS) She said she decided to move before it was too late. "I've got small children to take care of and we live on the first floor of an old apartment," Ikemura said.

Tokyo's Haneda airport and Narita airport in Chiba both stopped flights from landing and connecting trains were suspended, forcing the cancellation of more than a thousand flights, according to Japanese media. Kanagawa prefecture officials said they would release water from the Shiroyama dam, southwest of Tokyo, and alerted residents in areas along nearby rivers. Heavy winds have already caused damage, particularly in Chiba east of Tokyo, where one of the strongest typhoons to hit Japan in recent years destroyed or damaged 30,000 houses a month ago. (Image: NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY HANDOUT/EPA-EFE/REX) (Image: Infographic PA Graphics) A man in his forties was killed in an overturned car in the prefecture early on Saturday, while five people were injured as winds blew roofs off several houses. Several people were missing in a town near Tokyo after a landslide destroyed two houses, NHK said.

A number of municipal governments issued evacuation orders to areas particularly at risk of floods and landslides, including some in the most populous Tokyo region. Experts warned that Tokyo, while long conditioned to prepare for earthquakes, was vulnerable to flooding. Tokyo, where 1.5 million people live below sea level, is prone to damage from storm surges. If the typhoon hits Tokyo when the tide is high, that could cause storm surges and that would be the scariest scenario," he said. "People in Tokyo have been in a false sense of security." More than 150,000 households have lost power, including in Chiba, which was hit hard by typhoon Faxai a month ago, NHK said.

Japanese Formula One Grand Prix organisers cancelled all practice and qualifying sessions scheduled for Saturday. Two matches of the Rugby World Cup due to be played on Saturday were also cancelled. Typhoon Ida, known as the "Kanogawa Typhoon" in Japanese, killed more than 1,000 people in 1958. Rugby World Cup hosts Japan braved high waters and a sodden pitch for their captain's run at Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium on Saturday, as Typhoon Hagibis slammed into Honshu, Japan's most populous island. The Brave Blossoms are scheduled to face Scotland at International Stadium Yokohama on Sunday in a pivotal Pool A encounter, but Rugby World Cup organisers may yet cancel the match if it is deemed unsafe to play after the extreme weather.

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A decision is due at around midnight BST / 9am Tokyo time and if the match is off, Scotland will be eliminated after Ireland's bonus-point win against Samoa. Revealed: Typhoon contingency plan was to move matches 14 miles away Typhoon Hagibis has already cancelled qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix. The tropical storm, the biggest of the year, is due to pass close to the Suzuka circuit. A statement read: "As a result of the predicted impact of Typhoon Hagibis on the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix 2019, Mobilityland and the Japanese Automobile Federation (JAF) have decided to cancel all activities scheduled to take place on Saturday, 12 October. "The FIA and Formula 1 support this decision in the interest of safety for the spectators, competitors and everyone at the Suzuka Circuit." Qualifying, as a result, has been moved to Sunday morning. The session is scheduled to get underway at 2am BST, or 10am local time. If qualifying cannot take place, grid positions will be determined by Friday's practice results. Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas topped the timesheets in FP2 just ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton. Japanese Grand Prix: Find out when the race is scheduled to start Japanese Grand Prix: Will Typhoon Hagibis stop the race going ahead? What time does the Japanese Grand Prix start? If the Suzuka track gets the all-clear on Sunday morning, the race will commence at 6.10am (2.10pm local) as scheduled. Sky Sports F1 will be showing live coverage of the action. Japanese Grand Prix: How will Lewis Hamilton fare? LEWIS HAMILTON is on the verge of a sixth world championship title after victory in Russia two weeks ago. And now the Brit heads to Japan where he is becoming a serial winner at the Suzuka track - but the qualifying has been POSTPONED until four hours before the race on Sunday. 2 Lewis Hamilton won in Russia to go 73 points clear - with 128 to play for Credit: Reuters When is the Japanese F1 Grand Prix? This race will take place on Sunday, October 13. Lights out will be at 6.10am UK time - that is 2.10pm in Japan. It will be held at the Suzuka Circuit. Because of Typhoon Hagibis in Japan, the qualifying has been moved back for a whole day and now takes place at 2am UK time in the early hours of Sunday morning. What TV channel is it on and can I live stream it? The Japanese Grand Prix will be shown live on Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports Main Event with coverage underway from 4.30am. Sky Sports customers can live stream this race via the app on their computer, mobile and tablet devices. Latest F1 News DRIVING RAIN How has Typhoon Hagibis affected F1 Japanese Grand Prix and Rugby World Cup? LEW'VE GOT IT Can Lewis Hamilton win the F1 drivers title in Japan? NEW STAR Who is George Russell's girlfriend Seychelle de Vries? MEXICAN MISSUS Who is Sergio Perez's wife Carola Martinez and do they have children? POWER COUPLE Who is Romain Grosjean's wife Marion Jolles and when did F1 driver marry her? HAAS LOVE Who is Kevin Magnussen's wife Louise Gjorup and when was the wedding? If not, you can purchase a Sky Sports Day Pass from NowTV for £9.99. Alternatively, you can follow all the action from qualifying and the race on our dedicated LIVE BLOG. What is the revised race schedule? Qualifying: Sunday, October 12 (2am) Sunday, October 12 (2am) Race: Sunday, October 13 (6.10am) Japanese Grand Prix stewards have ruled that the order in free practice two will decide the grid for Sunday's race if the rescheduled qualifying period ends up being cancelled. All action scheduled for Saturday at Suzuka has been cancelled as Japan braces itself for Typhoon Hagibis, which has also seen two matches at the Rugby World Cup cancelled. Qualifying has been moved to Sunday morning, although Hagibis could yet cause damage and disruption on Sunday, when conditions are forecast to be clearer. Having already lost a practice session, FP2 will now take on even more importance for teams. A statement read: "In view of the inclement weather forecast for the weekend, and noting that the FIA Formula 1 Sporting Regulations are silent on the subject, the Stewards have examined methods for establishing a grid for the 2019 Japanese Grand Prix, should weather conditions preclude holding the Qualifying Practice session. "Should this eventuality come to pass, the Stewards will exercise their authority under Article 11.9.3.b of the International Sporting Code and direct that the grid for the Japanese Grand Prix will be established based on the Second Practice Session Classification, with any penalties applied as necessary."