Japan is bracing itself for Typhoon Hagibis, the most powerful storm to hit the country in 60 years.

The country is already feeling the effects, with some areas already flooded, tens of thousands of homes without power, and one person dead.

Winds of 180km/hour could cause further flooding and landslides, the Japan Meteorological Agency has warned.

Some Rugby World Cup matches and Formula One races have been cancelled.

Authorities have issued evacuation advisories in areas at particular risk, while supermarkets are running low as people stock up before the typhoon hits.

Flights and trains have been shut down, while shops and factories have also been closed.

Even while the storm was still out to sea, tornado-like winds battered Chiba, east of Tokyo, damaging homes and toppling a car, killing its occupant.

Hagibis, which means “speed” in the Philippine language Tagalog, is forecast to hit the main island of Honshu.

It could be the strongest storm the country has faced since Kanogawa Typhoon in 1958, which left more than 1,200 people dead or missing.