by Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press | October 11, 2019

All Nippon Airways has grounded all of its domestic flights scheduled for Saturday at Tokyo's Haneda and Narita international airports, while Japan Airlines canceled all but its early morning flights at Tokyo airports. Central Japan Railway Co. said it will cancel all bullet train service between Tokyo and Osaka except for several early Saturday trains connecting Nagoya and Osaka.

Tokyo Disneyland and Disney Sea will be closed Saturday, as will museums, movie theaters and other businesses.

In the town of Kiho southwest of Tokyo, shops have been boarded up, boats anchored and authorities checked coastal levees. Most stores, restaurants and other businesses in Tokyo plan to close, and residents have been buying batteries, bottled water, instant noodles and other food.

The storm is expected to disrupt sports and holiday events on the three-day weekend, which includes Sports Day on Monday. Two Rugby World Cup matches - England vs. France and New Zealand vs. Italy - that were to be played Saturday have been canceled. Qualifying heats for a Formula One auto race in Suzuka have been pushed to Sunday. And the Defense Ministry cut a three-day annual navy review to a single day on Monday.

Meteorological Agency official Yasushi Kajihara said Typhoon Hagibis resembles a typhoon that hit the Tokyo region in 1958 with heavy rains and left half a million houses flooded. More than 1,200 people died in that storm.

"In order to protect your own life and your loved ones, please try to start evacuating early before it gets dark and the storm becomes powerful," Kajihara said at a news conference Friday.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet held a disaster-management meeting late Friday, vowing to do its utmost to protect people's lives. He said 17,000 police and military troops are ready if needed for rescue operations.

"The typhoon could cause power outages, damage to infrastructure and significantly affect people's lives," Abe said.

Economy Minister Isshu Sugawara urged hospitals and other public facilities to check their backup power supplies.

Typhoon Hagibis, which means speed in Filipino, was advancing north-northwestward with winds of 110 mph and gusts of 156 mph on Friday afternoon, the weather agency said. It was expected to weaken as it hugs the Pacific coast of Japan's main island on Saturday, making landfall south of Tokyo and passing out to sea by Sunday afternoon.

The meteorological agency cautioned that the typhoon could trigger waves as high as 41 feet in coastal cities through Saturday.

Up to 30 inches of rain was forecast in the capital region. An evacuation advisory was issued early to 7,568 people on Oshima island in the typhoon's projected path. Shimoda city, west of Tokyo, also issued an advisory to all of its 21,402 residents. Dozens of evacuation centers were opening in coastal towns in Chiba and Kanagawa prefectures.

The typhoon is spreading fear especially in Chiba, near Tokyo, which was hit by Typhoon Faxai last month and where homes still are damaged. That typhoon knocked down about 2,000 power poles, at one point leaving more than 900,000 homes without power, triggering concerns about the country's aging infrastructure system built decades ago.

Chiba city distributed sandbags to shield against flooding and urged residents to make sure they have enough food and water, and that their phones are charged. Workers placed huge protective nets over debris from the earlier storm still piled in parts of the city to keep it from being blown away by the new typhoon.