At least 33 people have died and more than a dozen missing in Japan after Typhoon Hagibis —reportedly one of the most powerful storms to hit the area since the 1950s—tore across the country this weekend.
Hagibis is classified as a “super typhoon” — that is, a tropical cyclone that is equivalent to a category 4 or 5 hurricane, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It has “maximum sustained winds of at least 150 miles per hour.”
The storm hit Japan’s main island, Honshu, on which Tokyo is located, around 7 p.m. on Saturday, according to the Associated Press. By Sunday morning, the storm had mostly spun out to sea, but had left a wide swath of destruction in its wake.
Torrential rainfall from the storm devastated some communities in its wake, causing deadly landslides as well as flooding from rivers. The Financial Times reported that Japan’s Fire and Disaster Management Agency issued evacuation advisories and orders to 8 million people. Further, around 425,000 homes lost power, and a lower number were left without access to clean water.