09 October 2019 12:02
Typhoon Hagibis has undergone one of the quickest intensifications on record and is now classified as a "violent" typhoon by the Japan Meteorological Agency. The storm is equivalent to a Category 5 Hurricane, joining the ranks of hurricanes Dorian and Lorenzo as the most powerful this year. On Wednesday, the Japan Meteorological Agency recorded the storm packing maximum wind gusts of 172mph (276km/h). The Joint Typhoon Warning Centre reported the storm moving northwest at 9mph (14km/h) and is bringing with it a "maximum significant wave height" of 59 feet (17 metres). The storm is now approaching Japan's main island of Honshu.
A direct hit over the region of Kanto is possible this weekend but the path is still too erratic to say for certain. READ MORE: Typhoon Hagibis path video: Japan bracing for 160mph winds and rain