Japan is preparing itself for what could be its heaviest downpour and winds for a long time as Typhoon Hagibis edges nearer.

Hagibis is hitting winds of 180km/h (111mph) which could cause floods and avalanches, the Japan Meteorological Agency says.

The hurricane is relied upon to hit the most crowded island of Honshu on Saturday.

Shops, plants and train systems have been closed down while the Rugby World Cup and the Formula One Grand Prix are confronting interruption.

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Specialists have given departure warnings in regions at specific hazard, while grocery stores are coming up short on stocks as individuals purchase supplies before the storm hits.

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