Published On: Tue, Oct 8th, 2019

Typhoon Hagibis satellite image: Monster black eye of storm SWALLOWS whole island | World | News

Typhoon Hagibis has swallowed an island on its dangerous path through the Pacific Ocean. A terrifying satellite image has shown the eye of the storm moved right over Anatahan, an island in the Northern Mariana Islands. The islands has been inhabited since 2010 due to the always-present danger of volcanic eruptions.

Anatahan is located 37 miles northwest of Farallon de Medinilla and 74 miles north of Saipan.

US President Donald Trump declared an emergency for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and ordered the US government to help local authorities respond to the dangers of Hagibis.

The National Weather Service (NWS) says a typhoon warning is in effect for Saipan and Tinian islands.

Mr Trump’s declaration authorises the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief efforts.

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However, that means games further east will are now at risk in Yokohama.

England play France in a crucial Pool C decider in the city on Saturday.

Rugby World Cup officials said on Tuesday it would be inappropriate to reveal their contingency plans should Super Typhoon Hagibis cause disruption to next weekend’s final group of pool fixtures.

They said in a statement: “Public and team safety is our number one priority.

“While we have robust contingency plans in place for pool matches, such plans, if required, will only be actioned if the safety of teams, fans, and workforce can be guaranteed.

“It would be inappropriate to comment on any contingency plans at this stage,” the statement said.

“We will continue to closely monitor this developing situation in partnership with our weather information experts, local authorities, transport providers and the teams, and will provide a further update tomorrow.”

“Should weather problems continue later into the tournament, the rules allow several days for knockout games to be rescheduled.”

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